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Description - Black Diamonds by Catherine Bailey

Wentworth is today a crumbling and forgotten palace in Yorkshire. Yet just a hundred years ago it was the ancestral pile of the Fitzwilliams - an aristocratic clan whose home and life were fuelled by coal mining. Black Diamonds tells of the Fitzwilliams' spectacular decline- of inheritance fights; rumours of a changeling and of lunacy; philandering earls; illicit love, war heroism; a tragic connection to the Kennedys; violent death; mining poverty and squalor; and a class way that literally ripped apart the local landscape. The demise of Wentworth and the Fitzwilliams is a riveting account of aristocratic decline and fall, set in the grandest house in England.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141019239
ISBN-10: 0141019239
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 35mm)
Pages: 544
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Catherine Bailey

Catherine Bailey read history at Oxford University. She is a successful, award-winning television producer and director, making a range of critically acclaimed documentary films inspired by her interest in twentieth century history. This is her first book. She lives in West London.

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