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Black Diamonds

Black Diamonds by Catherine Bailey
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Dec 30, 2014 | 544 Pages
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Praise

“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

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