HORSES AND HUSBANDS by Edited by Hugo Vickers
When Etti Plesch died in 2003, her obituary in The Times stated; ‘Lately she had been compiling her memoirs, which were awaited with some trepidation in international society.’ These memoirs are now being published. Etti Plesch owes her place in The Guinness Book of Records as being the only woman owner to have won the Derby twice, in 1961 and 1980. Her own life was no less extraordinary and adventurous. Born Countess Wurmbrand in 1914 from a noble Austrian family, she was probably the illegitimate daughter of a noted rake. By the age of 40, she had married six husbands, divorcing five of them and losing two to the same woman. If Horses and Husbands was merely a catalogue of marital indiscretions it would soon weary, but Etti lived through some of the most tumultuous years of the twentieth century and her friendships included many of its famous personalities, from Winston Churchill to Greta Garbo. Occasionally scandalous, often funny, gloriously indiscreet.
208 pages + 16 pages plates