Please join us as we celebrate the release of Emily Astor’s book, Nancy Astor: A Life in Photographs. Book sales and a signing will follow. This event will be free and open to the public.
Nancy Astor: A Life in Photographs follows the life of Nancy Langhorne Astor from Virginia, where she was born in 1879 and spent her early formative years, to England, where she moved in 1906 at the time of her marriage to Waldorf Astor and lived until her death in 1964. In December 1919, Nancy Astor became the first woman to take a seat in the British Parliament, changing the course of democratic history forever. She spent twenty-five years as a member of Parliament, working tirelessly on behalf of women and children. (Nancy was primarily a wife and mother to six children, in addition to being a politician.) Nancy Astor: A Life in Photographs includes previously unpublished photographs from her life, as well as insight into her life.
Emily Astor is a photographer, an author, and Nancy Astor’s granddaughter. She worked with John Grigg on his highly visual, informal biography of Nancy Astor and with a photographer’s eye has produced a personal collection of photographs for her current book, Nancy Astor: A Life in Photographs. Emily was also the family consultant for the Nancy Astor statue, working on and overseeing the project from initial drawings to the finished bronze statue. Emily has supported the Astor100 program in the UK and in Virginia, where she is a frequent visitor. She has four children and divides her time between London and Scotland, where she runs an organic sheep farm.