Siegfried Sassoon had a number of homosexual affairs during his lifetime, one that lasted longer than any other was with Stephen Tennant, the youngest son of Scots peer Lord Glenconner. The relationship lasted from 1927 to 1931, when Tennant finally put an end to it.
Hester Gatty, (right) who had two brothers, Richard and Oliver, was the daughter of the barrister, Stephen Gatty, who was later knighted and took up the position of Chief Justice of Gibraltar. Edith Olivier introduced Sassoon to Hester in 1933 and to the surprise of many people, they were married later the same year. In 1936 they had a son, George, but the marriage would not last. Sassoon, too used to living on his own terms felt smothered by Hester’s attention and in 1945 they had separated, Hester leaving the family home, Heytesbury House, in Wiltshire, eventually to live on the island of Mull.
The books on this page all belonged to Hester Gatty, most coming from the auction of books belonging to George Sassoon after his death in 2006.