Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty (Paperback)
  • Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty (Paperback)
zoom

Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty (Paperback)

(author)
5 Reviews Sign in to write a review
£9.99
Paperback 544 Pages / Published: 06/03/2008
  • 10+ in stock

In stock online

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

Catherine Bailey's Black Diamonds is an extraordinary tale of family feuds, forbidden love, civil unrest and the downfall of a mining dynasty.

Wentworth in Yorkshire was surrounded by 70 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 which 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.

'Magnificent . . . peels back the grand facade of Wentworth toreveal a family riven with fueds, mental illness and forbidden love' Tatler

'A compelling new history . . . fascinating insights into the dynasty that once ruled this Yorkshire roost' Daily Mail

'An aristocratic tale of epic proportions, this gripping novel cleverly interweaves interviews, letters and historical fact . . .Fascinating' Easy Living

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. She is the author of Black Diamonds and The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery. She lives in West London.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141019239
Number of pages: 544
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 33 mm

You may also be interested in...

Here's the Story
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Lady in Waiting
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Patch Work
Added to basket
£16.99
Hardback
Elizabethans
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
Toksvig's Almanac 2021
Added to basket
£14.99   £12.99
Hardback
The Windsor Diaries
Added to basket
£25.00   £22.99
Hardback
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
Added to basket
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
Added to basket
The Prime Ministers
Added to basket
£25.00
Hardback
Toksvig's Almanac 2021
Added to basket
The Five
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Black and British
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Venice
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Homo Deus
Added to basket
£10.99   £9.99
Paperback

“Best book I have read in years!”

I recently took this book on holidays with me hoping that it would not be another that would remain in my case for most of my trip- once I decide that I don't like a book I tend to give up on it, this happens... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 36

“Black Diamonds”

A richly detailed rise and fall of an aristocratic family whose wealth was built on coal mining. The facts alone are dramatic, there are supposedly illegitimate heirs, fights over inheritance, illicit marriages and... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 33

“A patronising set of earls”

Having read Roy Hattersley's review in The Guardian it motivated me to check it out for myself. I can see where he's coming from but politely disagree. If there is a flaw it is the long chapter on... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 32

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.