‘An utterly captivating insight into these fascinating women and the times they lived in … it’s an absolute page-turner’ Irish Independent
‘Masterfully and glamorously told … essential reading for history and gossip lovers alike’ Sunday Business Post
‘An enthralling tale that will dazzle and delight … If you loved the drama of The Crown, then you will adore The Guinness Girls: A Hint of Scandal‘ Swirl and Thread
‘Engrossing and page-turning … I loved it’ Louise O’Neill
As Aileen, Maureen and Oonagh – the three privileged Guinness sisters, darlings of 1930s society – settle into becoming wives and mothers, they quickly discover that their gilded upbringing has not prepared them for the realities of married life.
At Dublin’s Luttrellstown Castle, practical Aileen has already run out of things to say to her husband. Outspoken Maureen is very much in love but feels isolated at the crumbling Clandeboye estate in Northern Ireland. And, as romantic Oonagh’s dreams of happiness in London are crushed by her husband’s lies, she seeks comfort in her friends – but can they be trusted?
As the sisters deal with desire and betrayal amidst vicious society gossip, their close friends, the Mitfords, find themselves under the media glare – and the Guinness women are forced to examine their place in this quickly-changing world.
Inspired by true-life events, The Guinness Girls: A Hint of Scandal is a dazzling, page-turning novel about Ireland and Britain in the grip of change, and a story of how three women who wanted for nothing were about to learn that they couldn’t have everything.
It’s the dawn of the 1930s and the three privileged Guinness sisters, Aileen, Maureen and Oonagh, settle into becoming wives and mothers: Aileen in Luttrellstown Castle outside Dublin, Maureen in Clandeboye in Northern Ireland, and Oonagh in Rutland Place in London. But while Britain becomes increasingly politically polarised, Aileen, Maureen and Oonagh discover conflict within their own marriages. Oonagh’s dream of romantic love is countered by her husband’s lies; the intense nature of Maureen’s marriage means passion, but also rows; while Aileen begins to discover that, for her, being married offers far less than she had expected. Meanwhile, Kathleen, a housemaid from their childhood home in Glenmaroon, travels between the three sisters, helping, listening, watching – even as her own life brings her into conflict with the clash between fascism and communism.
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