CHAPTER 1: Crabbed Youth and Age
Eighteen and eighty sat regarding each other across the Holland Park flat, calculation and world-weariness instinct in the eyes of the younger woman.
"I've been so looking forward to meeting you," said Kerry Probyn.
That Bettina did not doubt. Never had she seen a young eye more fixed on the main chance. She could be useful to the young Miss Probyn's burgeoning film career, and therefore she was valued. And as soon as the film was made, marketed, and shown she, Bettina, would prove to be one of the "base degrees" of the ladder by which she had ascended, and would accordingly be...