by Noel Streatfeild
 
ISBN 978-1-907503-09-2 
   
 
Flossie Elk’s headmistress maintained that “Beauty is the cause of much sorrow.” Her father, greengrocer George Elk, always said that “Beauty is a lure of Satan” and only wanted his daughter to be “a nice sensible girl as’ll make a good wife for some man.”  But Mrs. Elk knew of the astounding power wielded by the beautiful: “If you ’ave the looks, you use ’em, my girl,” she said to a gurgling Flossie in her pram.  Even then, Flossie needed no telling.
Noel Streatfeild casts a cynical eye backstage on to a world she knew so well before, disillusioned, she abandoned it to become a writer. 
Originally published in 1936, the reviews unanimously declared this to be Streatfeild’s finest book so far, witty, intelligent and subtle.

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