I have chosen ‘Ava Gardner: Love is Nothing’ by Lee Server (978-1-4088-0708-8). It is available from Amazon and other outlets. The 2010 Bloomsbury Lives of Women edition is £9.99 but the book has had several print runs since it was published in 2006 so there are cheaper prices out there. The public library has two copies (Luton Central and Borough Hall’s Reserve Stock).
The bad news is it is 500 pages and quite small print. But all the book reviews are so positive, I’m hoping it won’t feel like a slog.