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The Empress and Mrs. Conger: The Uncommon Friendship of Two Women and Two Worlds
Date of Review: 
Jonathan Chatwin
Asian Review of Books

Mrs Conger was undoubtedly privileged in her access, and was, by virtue of this access, able to offer one of the very few first hand accounts of the Empress and her court. This account has been admirably augmented by Hayer-Menzies who, in restrained but compelling prose, presents a vivid narrative of the emergent relationship between the two women and the worlds they separately embodied....