Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of a Great English Dynasty

Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of a Great English Dynasty

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Catherine Bailey

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  • Publisher: VIKING
  • Format: Hardback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 236mm x 50mm | 1,021g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0670915424
  • ISBN 13: 9780670915422
  • Illustrations note: 24pp b&w inset
  • Sales rank: 266,144

Product description

Wentworth is in Yorkshire and was surrounded by seventy collieries employing tens of thousands of men. It is the finest and largest Georgian house in Britain and belonged to the Fitzwilliam family. It is England's forgotten palace and belonged to Britain's richest aristocrats. "Black Diamonds" tells the story of its demise: family feuds, forbidden love, class war, and a tragic and violent death played their part. But coal, one of the most emotive issues in twentieth-century British politics, lies at its heart. This is the extraordinary story of how the fabric of English society shifted beyond recognition in fifty turbulent years in the twentieth century.

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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.

Customer reviews

By David B Wentworth 27 Mar 2010 5

I just finished reading Ms. Bailey's book, 'Black Diamonds'.

This was an excellent read from start to finish. Once I started reading, I
could not put it down.

Ms. Bailey's writing style is fast paced and interesting. Her combination of
historical facts and knowledge of this family is extraordinary. Her writing
makes factual history read like a novel.

Her book provides a glimpse into the life of the British Aristocracy. Up until
Ms. Bailey wrote about this family, I believe they were relatively unknown.
This family lived in their family estate, which was the largest home ever
constructed in England. Yet, most Englismen have never heard of the place.

I look forward to any other works which Ms. Bailey may write.

D. B. Wentworth