PRIZE OF THE WEEK
Country Life has a DVD and a signed hardback book to give away this week. ➤ The DVD is Nancy Astor, a lavish nine-part series about the life and times of the child born Nancy Langhorne in Virginia in the United States on May 19, 1879.
Nancy Astor would become the first woman to take her seat in the British House of Commons, introduce a Private Member’s Bill that raised to 18 the age qualification for buying alcohol and vote against the government in May 1940 — helping Winston Churchill to become Prime Minister.
It is a compelling story of rags to riches, romance and heartache that begins in post-Civil War Virginia and follows Nancy through a disastrous teenage marriage, divorced and a single mother by the time she is 24.
Only a move to England offers a way out of her misery. Witty and charming, Nancy became the focus for the country’s most eligible bachelors, including the man she takes as her second husband, Waldorf Astor, one of the richest men in the world.
Moving into the lavish stately home, Cliveden, Nancy enjoys life as a prominent hostess for the social elite, but when Astor surrenders his seat in the Commons for a place in the Lords, a door opens that will seal Nancy’s place in history forever.
Nancy Astor is produced by BBC TV and is also an ABC DVD. ➤ The second prize is a signed hardback copy of Railways of the Ovens & King.
Nestled in the shadows of the Victorian Alps, the majestic Ovens and King river valleys first attracted prospectors during the 1850s gold rush. When the railway age arrived in the northeast, iron roads were pushed through to the towns of Beechworth, Yackandandah, Bright and Whitfield.
This book is the story of these fascinating railways, built to serve isolated settlements in the days of the horse and cart.
A fascinating insight into the history of the Victorian railways and the north-east, it features 148 full-colour pages with more than 150 photographs.
Railways of the Ovens & King is written by Nick Anchen and is published by Sierra Publishing Australia, RRP $55.
Win! Win! Win! To win these prizes, send your name, address and a daytime phone number to Country Life ‘Royal’ Competition, PO Box 8000, Shepparton 3632 by Wednesday, March 15.