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22 April 2021

Clare Leighton, also  "lived her early life in the shadow of her older brother, Roland – her mother's favourite; the family nickname for Clare was 'the bystander'. Her mother was dismissive of Clare's looks, ambitions and talents, while she said of Roland that 'he is the only one of my children who is beautiful enough to be worth dressing' (what a terrible thing to say!!). Nevertheless, Clare's 1947 biography of her mother Tempestuous Petticoat: the story of an Invincible Edwardian succeeded in 'making her readers envy this fantastic mother'". This is the beautiful Clare Leighton woodcut we have used to illustrate Mariana since we first reissued it in 1999.

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