Monday, 22 August 2011

Black Diamonds by Catherine Bailey

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About the Book

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 fueled by coal mining.

Black Diamonds tells of the Fitzwilliams spectacular decline of inheritance fights, rumours of a changling and of lunacy, philandering earls, illicit love, war heroism, a tragic connection to the Kennedys, violent death, mining poverty and squalor, and a class war that literally ripped apart the local landscape.

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About the Author

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. Black Diamonds  is her first book. She lives in West London.

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