Submit an Enquiry or Call Us +44 (0) 1482 384660
Image for The secret rooms

The secret rooms

By: Bailey, Catherine

0141035676 / 9780141035673
Paperback
02/05/2013
13 in stock Need More ?
United Kingdom
20 cm ix, 466 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and whi
General (US: Trade)  Learn More
Reprint. Originally published: London: Viking, 2012.

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

BIC:

1DBKEML Leicestershire, 3JJH c 1939 to c 1945 (including WW2), HBJD1 British & Irish history, HBLW 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, HBTB Social & cultural history

Our price£7.49
RRP £9.99
Save 25%
Other Formats
Ebook£15.00
Paperback£7.49