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    DescriptionFor 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.

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    The Secret Rooms
    A True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, and a Family Secret
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Catherine Bailey
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 465
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    ISBN 13: 9780143124733
    ISBN 10: 0143124730

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    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, maps
    Penguin Books
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books
    Publication date
    31 December 2013
    Author Information
    Catherine Bailey read history at Oxford University and is an award-winning television producer and director, making a range of critically acclaimed documentary films inspired by her interest in twentieth century history. She is the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "The Secret Rooms "and "Black Diamonds." She lives in West London.
    Review quote
    "In pages more reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe than Evelyn Waugh... [Bailey] reminds us why this seemingly insignificant story bears telling." - "The New York Times Book Review" "With gripping detail and graceful prose...Bailey's work can best be described as a work of probative history written with the storytelling skills of a latter-day Agatha Christie." - "The Richmond Times-Dispatch" "Populated with a bevy of real-life aristos who played by their own twisted and privileged set of rules, a searing portrait of family intrigue, dysfunction, and hubris--a la Downton Abbey--emerges." - "Booklist " "Bailey is a truly dogged detective... a compelling expose" - "Kirkus Reviews " "Bailey deserves commendation for her meticulous research as well as her storytelling." - "Publisher's Weekly " "Gripping. Reads like the best kind of mystery story. It is a tale of mistresses and heirlooms, cowardice and connivance." - "The Sunday Times" (London) "Compelling. A remarkable piece of research which throws a bright shaft of light on powerful people, hypocrisy and the First World War." - "The Guardian"