About the author: Dr. Martin Thornton is the Director of the Centre for Canadian Studies at the University of Leeds. He is also a Lecturer in International History and Politics in the School of History at the University of Leeds and has been a Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.
1997 0-7734-8452-3 Nancy Astor, as the first woman to take up a seat in the British House of Commons as a Member of Parliament, and as social reformer and social hostess, has a memorable place in social and political history. No collection of her correspondence has yet been published. Her home, Cliveden in Buckinghamshire, was used as a Canadian military hospital in the first and second World Wars. This provided a source of contact with many eminent Canadians as well as Canadian service and ex-service personnel. She corresponded with a number of Canadian Prime Ministers and politicians: Sir Robert Borden, William Lyon Mackenzie King, Richard Bedford Bennet, Louis St. Laurent, and Lester Bowles Pearson. With illustrations.