The Secret Rooms: A True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, and a Family Secret

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Penguin Books
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6.65 X 8.4 X 1.15 inches | 1.04 pounds

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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.


"In pages more reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe than Evelyn Waugh... [Bailey] reminds us why this seemingly insignificant story bears telling." - The New York Times Book Review

"With gripping detail and graceful prose...Bailey's work can best be described as a work of probative history written with the storytelling skills of a latter-day Agatha Christie." - The Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Populated with a bevy of real-life aristos who played by their own twisted and privileged set of rules, a searing portrait of family intrigue, dysfunction, and hubris--a la Downton Abbey--emerges." - Booklist

"Bailey is a truly dogged detective... a compelling exposé" - Kirkus Reviews

"Bailey deserves commendation for her meticulous research as well as her storytelling." - Publisher's Weekly

"Gripping. Reads like the best kind of mystery story. It is a tale of mistresses and heirlooms, cowardice and connivance." - The Sunday Times (London)

"Compelling. A remarkable piece of research which throws a bright shaft of light on powerful people, hypocrisy and the First World War." - The Guardian