Black Diamonds: The Downfall of an Aristocratic Dynasty and the Fifty Years That Changed England

Catherine Bailey (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$18.00
Publisher
Penguin Books
Publish Date
December 30, 2014
Pages
576
Dimensions
5.4 X 8.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.01 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780143126843

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About the Author

Catherine Bailey read history at Oxford University and is an award-winning television producer and director, making a range of critically acclaimed documentary films inspired by her interest in twentieth century history. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Secret Rooms and Black Diamonds. She lives in West London.

Reviews

"While this will be an easy sell to Downton Abbey fanatics, this fascinating history is highly recommended to anyone who loves family gossip and mystery." - Library Journal

"Gossipy bits...keep the reading lively. The real value of this work is the recounting of the ends of two classes, the lower and the very upper." - Kirkus Reviews

"As she did in 2013's "The Secret Rooms," Bailey performed deep research to produce this lucid account. And she did so in spite of the secretive Fitzwilliams' propensity for destruction of their private papers. But despite that major handicap, she draws on remaining documents and numerous interviews with surviving Fitzwilliam relatives and their servants. The result is narrative history of high caliber, written by a woman who knows a good story -- and how to tell it in a manner accessible to the general reader." - The Richmond Times Dispatch

"The goingson at Wentworth are inevitably reminiscent of the fictional Downton Abbey now in its fifth season on Masterpiece Theatre, but they are at once grander, more sordid and generally harder-edged... A jolly good read." - The Washington Times

"Black Diamonds has the great gift of bringing to life personal histories...wonderfully paced and wholly satisfying." - Kate Atkinson, New York Times bestselling author of Life After Life

"While this will be an easy sell to Downton Abbey fanatics, this fascinating history is highly recommended to anyone who loves family gossip and mystery." - Library Journal

"Gossipy bits...keep the reading lively. The real value of this work is the recounting of the ends of two classes, the lower and the very upper." - Kirkus Reviews

"Extraordinary, fascinating, harrowing. A truly compelling read" The Sunday Telegraph

"Brilliant, gripping . . . one heck of a good read and will keep you bolt upright all night" The Daily Telegraph

"Research worthy of an unsolved serial killing" The Sunday Times

"A compelling new history . . . fascinating insights into the dynasty that once ruled this Yorkshire roost" The Daily Mail

"A triumph of research" The Evening Standard

"With all of the dramatic trappings and romantic details of a sweeping epic . . . vibrant and gripping" The Observer

"Bailey offers an extraordinarily vivid series of descriptions of life at Wentworth" Literary Review

"Black Diamonds admirably reflects both the nobility of the minors and the degradation of those who exploited them" The Guardian