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  • Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty | Catherine Bailey

    Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Catherine Bailey
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
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    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.

    Robyn says: "gripping tale"
  • Black Diamonds: The Downfall of an Aristocratic Dynasty and the Fifty Years That Changed England | Catherine Bailey

    Black Diamonds: The Downfall of an Aristocratic Dynasty and the Fifty Years That Changed England

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Catherine Bailey
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
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    When the sixth Earl Fitzwilliam died in 1902, he left behind the second largest estate in 20th-century England, valued at more than three billion dollars in today's money - a lifeline to the tens of thousands of people who worked either in the family's coal mines or on their expansive estate. The earl also left behind four sons, and the family line seemed assured. But was it?

    Mark says: "A Good Listen"
  • The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery | Catherine Bailey

    The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Catherine Bailey
    • Narrated By Stephen Rashbrook
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    In April 1940, the ninth Duke of Rutland died in mysterious circumstances in one of the rooms of his family estate, Belvoir Castle. The mystery surrounding these rooms holds the key to a tragic story that is played out on the brutal battlefields of the Western Front and in the exclusive salons of Mayfair and Belgravia in the dying years of la belle époque. Uncovered is a dark and disturbing period in the history of the Rutland family, and one which they were determined to keep hidden for over 60 years. Sixty years on, The Secret Rooms is the true story of family secrets and one man’s determination to keep the past hidden at any cost.

    Linda Lou says: "ANTI-CLIMATIC MESS OF MINUTAIE"
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