Anita Leslie (1814-1885) is little read today but in her time was an acclaimed biographer, a socialite and also a surprisingly courageous woman who was awarded the Croix de Guerre for her wartime service. She was born into the Anglo-Irish Leslie family, owners of Castle Leslie since 1665 and the venue for the Paul McCartney and Heather Mills wedding of 2002. She had a fairly chequered career, but her many books, often about members of her extended family, such as her great-aunt Jennie Churchill, mother of Winston, were well-received. In many ways she was a typical daughter of the Anglo-Irish landowning classes, but by no means a conventional one, as this well-written, well-researched and entertaining biography makes clear. I was glad to become acquainted with such an interesting woman.