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The Secret Rooms

Author : Catherine Bailey
ISBN : 9781101636749
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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For fans of Downton Abbey, this New York Times bestseller is the enthralling true story of family secrets and aristocratic intrigue in the days before WWI After the Ninth Duke of Rutland, one of the wealthiest men in Britain, died alone in a cramped room in the servants’ quarters of Belvoir Castle on April 21, 1940, his son and heir ordered the room, which contained the Rutland family archives, sealed. Sixty years later, Catherine Bailey became the first historian given access. What she discovered was a mystery: The Duke had painstakingly erased three periods of his life from all family records—but why? As Bailey uncovers the answers, she also provides an intimate portrait of the very top of British society in the turbulent days leading up to World War I.

The Secret Rooms

Author : Catherine Bailey
ISBN : 0670917559
Genre : Aristocracy (Social class)
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A castle filled with intrigue, a plotting duchess and a mysterious death in Catherine Bailey's The Secret Rooms. At 6 am on 21 April 1940 John the 9th Duke of Rutland, and one of Britain's wealthiest men, ended his days, virtually alone, lying on a makeshift bed in a dank cramped suite of rooms in the servants' quarters of his own home, Belvoir Castle, in Leicestershire. For weeks, as his health deteriorated, his family, his servants - even the King's doctor - pleaded with him to come out, but he refused. After his death, his son and heir, Charles, the 10th Duke of Rutland, ordered that the rooms be locked up and they remained untouched for sixty years. What lay behind this extraordinary set of circumstances? For the first time, in The Secret Rooms, Catherine Bailey unravels a complex and compelling tale of love, honour and betrayal, played out in the grand salons of Britain's stately homes at the turn of the twentieth century, and on the battlefields of the Western Front. At its core is a secret so dark that it consumed the life of the man who fought to his death to keep it hidden. This extraordinary mystery from the author of Black Diamonds, perfect for lovers of Downton Abbey, Brideshead Revisited and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher. Praise for The Secret Rooms: 'Reads like the best kind of mystery story. It is a tale of mistresses and heirlooms, cowardice and connivance, and a deeply dysfunctional family...gripping' Sunday Times 'Astonishing...jaw-dropping...It would spoil the book if I revealed the whole works, suffice it to say...what a family' Sunday Telegraph 'An extraordinary detective operation' John Julius Norwich Catherine Bailey is the author of Black Diamonds. She read history at Oxford University and 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. She lives in West London.

Black Diamonds

Author : Catherine Bailey
ISBN : 9780698182950
Genre : History
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From the New York Times–bestselling author of The Secret Rooms, the extraordinary true story of the downfall of one of England’s wealthiest families Fans of Downton Abbey now have a go-to resource for fascinating, real-life stories of the spectacular lives led by England’s aristocrats. With the novelistic flair and knack for historical detail Catherine Bailey displayed in her New York Times bestseller The Secret Rooms, Black Diamonds provides a page-turning chronicle of the Fitzwilliam coal-mining dynasty and their breathtaking Wentworth estate, the largest private home in England. When the sixth Earl Fitzwilliam died in 1902, he left behind the second largest estate in twentieth-century England, valued at more than £3 billion of today’s money—a lifeline to the tens of thousands of people who worked either in the family’s coal mines or on their expansive estate. The earl also left behind four sons, and the family line seemed assured. But was it? As Bailey retraces the Fitzwilliam family history, she uncovers a legacy riddled with bitter feuds, scandals (including Peter Fitzwilliam’s ill-fated affair with American heiress Kick Kennedy), and civil unrest as the conflict between the coal industry and its miners came to a head. Once again, Bailey has written an irresistible and brilliant narrative history.

Belvoir Castle

Author : Jane Pruden
ISBN : 0711230528
Genre : Architecture
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Belvoir Castle is one of the least known great houses in Britain. Rising like a fairy palace over the plains of the Vale of Belvoir in Leicestershire, and dating back originally to 1067, it is the home of the Duke of Rutland. Both one of the finest regency residences in England and a treasure trove of great paintings and furniture, the castle also houses an important collection of porcelain, silks and tapestries, sculptures and paintings. In this beautiful book, the Duchess of Rutland tells the story of the house, its contents, and its inhabitants for the first time, detailing examples of fine French furniture, Italian sculpture, and paintings by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Holbein, and Poussin. Aided by hundreds of both color and black-and-white photographs, the Duchess traces the history of the 36 generations of the family who have lived there, and proves an expert guide through the castle's gorgeous rooms and collections.

Tile Makes The Room

Author : Catherine Bailey
ISBN : 9781607747413
Genre : CRAFTS & HOBBIES
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Heath Ceramics is a well-regarded, iconic housewares brand beloved in design circles for its gorgeous ceramic tiles and tableware, the latter of which is used at respected restaurants around the world. This lifestyle book on tile and interior design, features tile projects from tile accents (such as kitchen backsplashes) to tile masterpieces (like entire outdoor patios); inspirational photography of the well-appointed, design forward homes of notable designers and artists; and a curated how-to section, enabling design lovers to bring the Heath aesthetic into their homes with grace and ease.

London Under

Author : Peter Ackroyd
ISBN : 9780385531511
Genre : History
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In this vividly descriptive short study, Peter Ackroyd tunnels down through the geological layers of London, meeting the creatures that dwell in darkness and excavating the lore and mythology beneath the surface. There is a Bronze Age trackway below the Isle of Dogs, Anglo-Saxon graves rest under St. Pauls, and the monastery of Whitefriars lies beneath Fleet Street. To go under London is to penetrate history, and Ackroyd's book is filled with the stories unique to this underworld: the hydraulic device used to lower bodies into the catacombs in Kensal Green cemetery; the door in the plinth of the statue of Boadicea on Westminster Bridge that leads to a huge tunnel packed with cables for gas, water, and telephone; the sulphurous fumes on the Underground's Metropolitan Line. Highly imaginative and delightfully entertaining, London Under is Ackroyd at his best.

The Astor Orphan

Author : Alexandra Aldrich
ISBN : 9780062207968
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The Astor Orphan is an unflinching debut memoir by a direct descendant of John Jacob Astor, Alexandra Aldrich. She brilliantly tells the story of her eccentric, fractured family; her 1980s childhood of bohemian neglect in the squalid attic of Rokeby, the family’s Hudson Valley Mansion; and her brave escape from the clan. Aldrich reaches back to the Gilded Age when the Astor legacy began to come undone, leaving the Aldrich branch of the family penniless and squabbling over what was left. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs that bring this faded world into focus, The Astor Orphan is written with the grit of The Glass Castle and set amid the aristocratic decay of Grey Gardens.

The Perfect Summer

Author : Juliet Nicolson
ISBN : 1555848702
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The Perfect Summer chronicles a glorious English summer a century ago, when the world was on the cusp of irrevocable change. Through the tight lens of four months, Juliet Nicolson’s rich storytelling gifts rivet us with the sights, colors, and feelings of a bygone era. That summer of 1911 a new king was crowned and the aristocracy was at play, bounding from one house party to the next. But perfection was not for all. Cracks in the social fabric were showing. The country was brought to a standstill by industrial strikes. Temperatures rose steadily to more than 100 degrees; by August deaths from heatstroke were too many for newspapers to report. Drawing on material from intimate and rarely seen sources and narrated through the eyes of a series of exceptional individuals--among them a debutante, a choirboy, a politician, a trade unionist, a butler, and the queen--The Perfect Summer is a vividly rendered glimpse of the twilight of the Edwardian era.

The Princess And The Page

Author : Christina Farley
ISBN : 9780545924115
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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A dark secret lurks in Keira's family. She comes from a long line of Word Weavers who bring their stories to life when they use a magical pen. But Keira's mom is unable to face the truth of the family's history because the Word Weavers have been hunted for generations for their power. And so, she forbids Keira to write. Oblivious to the family's secret ability, and angry at her mom's rule of no fictional writing, Keira discovers her grandma's Word Weaver pen and uses it to write a story for the Girls' World fairy tale contest, believing it will bring her good luck. But when Keira decides to have her fairy tale reflect her family's imperfect life, and has the princess in her story vanquished to a dark tower for eternity, she starts to wonder if anyone ever truly lives happily ever after.

The Secret Rooms

Author : Catherine Bailey
ISBN : 0141035676
Genre : Nobility
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In April 1940 the 9th Duke of Rutland, one of Britain's richest men, ended his days in the servants' quarters of his home, Belvoir Castle. It was the end of months of manic, secretive activity, and after his death his son ordered the rooms to be sealed. For sixty years they remained untouched. What was he doing? And what secrets did the rooms still hold? Here, Catherine Bailey unravels a complex and compelling tale of love, honour and betrayal, played out in the grand salons of Britain's stately homes and on the battlefields of the Western Front. At its core is a secret so twisted and dark that concealing it drove a man to his death. 'Astonishing, jaw-dropping, superb. Horrifying, extraordinary. Sunday Telegraph 'Gripping. Reads like the best kind of mystery story. It is a tale of mistresses and heirlooms, cowardice and connivance.' Sunday Times 'Compelling. A remarkable piece of research which throws a bright shaft of light on powerful people, hypocrisy and the First world War.' Jeremy Paxman, Guardian, Books of the Year 'Extraordinary, edge-of-the-seat enthralling. The plot is thick with destroyed documents, decadent aristocracy, betrayed honour and curses.' Metro 'Wonderful . . . has everything: family intrigue and hatred, love and war, eccentricity, snobbery and a series of shocking secrets. No reader can finish it unmoved.' Sunday Express

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