Former chairman of the Biographers’ Club Anne de Courcy’s latest book is published here by Weidenfeld & Nicolson) and in Australia on Thursday 1 June. The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York tells the story of the thirty-year period – roughly between 1875 and 1905,and known as the Gilded Age – during which over hundred American girls married into the peerage;  and the real reasons behind the obvious one of cash for coronets. Anne will be speaking at various festivals round the country and American publication will take place in the late spring of next year.