Black Diamonds

  • by Catherine Bailey
  • Narrated by Gareth Armstrong
  • 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Wentworth is today a crumbling and forgotten palace in Yorkshire. Yet just 100 years ago it was the ancestral pile of the Fitzwilliams' - an aristocratic clan whose home and life were fuelled by coal mining. This is the story of their spectacular decline: of inheritance fights; rumours of a changeling and of lunacy; philandering earls; illicit love; war heroism: a tragic connection to the Kennedys'; violent deaths: mining poverty and squalor; and a class war that literally ripped apart the local landscape.


What the Critics Say

"Extraordinary, fascinating, harrowing. A truly compelling read." (Sunday Telegraph)


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Customer Reviews

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A blockbuster

This book paints a most interesting picture of life in England on a vast canvas. It ranges from tales of royalty to those of mine workers living in abject poverty. The callousness of the English upper classes is well illustrated and the connections of the Kennedy clan to the English aristocracy and the tragic results of Catholic/Protestant bigotry was a revalation.
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gripping tale

This book has everything - mystery, interesting characters, political and social history, juxtaposition of obscene wealth and obscene poverty, the family at the centre of the story and the players who enter and leave the scene are all fascinating. And it is all true! The narration is masterful: Gareth Armstrong's voice and pace are a perfect match for the tale, and his different tones and accents for the different characters are a welcome added dimension. I bought Black Diamonds after enjoying Catherine Bailey's, 'The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery'. I would find it hard to choose between the two, both top reads!
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- Robyn "Avid reader of history, biography, and true crime."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-21-2009
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd