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The Queen of Whale Cay

By Kate Summerscale, 1965-

When Marion "Joe" Carstairs died in 1993 at the age of ninety-three, she was largely forgotten. During the 1920s she held the world record as the fastest female speedboat racer. But as journalist Kate Summerscale discovered, when researching an obituary for the Daily Telegraph, Carstairs was also a notorious cross-dresser who favored women and smoked cheroots. Supremely self-confident, she inherited a Standard Oil fortune and knew how to spend her money--on fast boats and cars, female lovers, and a Caribbean island, Whale Cay, where she reigned over a colony of Bahamians. There, far from her bohemian past in London and Paris, she hosted a succession of girlfriends and celebrities, including Marlene Dietrich and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Through it all, she remained devoted to Lord Tod Wadley, a little doll who became her bosom companion. Already a bestseller in England, The Queen of Whale Cay is a marvelous portrait of one of the twentieth century's great eccentrics.

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1998

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0670880183


Format: Book
Author: Summerscale, Kate, 1965-
Title: The queen of Whale Cay / Kate Summerscale.
Publisher Date: New York : Viking, 1998.
Subject: Carstairs, Joe, 1900-1993 Eccentrics and eccentricities -- Biography Lesbians -- Biography Motorboat racing -- Great Britain -- History Whale Cay (Bahamas) -- Biography.
Isbn: 0670880183 (alk. paper)
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Call Number: B Carstairs
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Bib Id: 128960

Format: Book
Author: Summerscale, Kate, 1965-
Title: The queen of Whale Cay / Kate Summerscale.
Edition: 1st American ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Viking, 1998.
Description: 241 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., map ; 20 cm.
Subjects: Carstairs, Joe, 1900-1993
Subjects: Eccentrics and eccentricities -- Biography
Subjects: Lesbians -- Biography
Subjects: Motorboat racing -- Great Britain -- History
Subjects: Whale Cay (Bahamas) -- Biography.
Notes: Map on endpapers.
LCCN: 98002806
ISBN: 0670880183 (alk. paper)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: B Carstairs