16 Oct 2012
The Life and Extravagant Times of Colin Tennant - Lord Glenconner
The much anticipated biography of the late Lord Glenconner - often unconventional and always newsworthy - even after his death.
By Nicholas Courtney
Unseen photographs and family papers revealed for the first time by author and close family friend, Nicholas Courtney, who helped Colin ghostwrite his autobiography before his death.
Bene Factum Publishing - Hardback - Unseen photographs from private sources - 29th October 2012 - £20.00
This long awaited biography of the late Lord Glenconner reveals Colin Tennant's remarkable and often tragic life story. Lord of the Isle explains how the millionaire used his wealth to live an eccentric lifestyle of self-indulgence, with acts of extraordinary kindness and outbursts of cruelty, from the 1940s right up until his death in 2010.
Since the late fifties, when Glenconner bought the private island of Mustique in the West Indies, he was responsible for transforming the place into one of the world's most exclusive destinations for the rich and famous, hosting jet-set parties with royalty, film and pop stars and international businessmen. As an original member of the 'Princess Margaret set', Lord of the Isle dispels the rumors about Colin's intimate relationship with the princess and provides the real story behind her newsworthy visits to St.Lucia.
Even after his death, Lord Glenconner continues to cause ripples, not least because to his family's surprise, he changed his will to leave his entire fortune to Kent Adonai, his faithful employee of 30 years. Nicholas Courtney, author and one of Glenconner's oldest friends, unveils for the first time the secrets behind what lead to this last bizarre act.
Nicholas Courtney is an author, broadcaster and lecturer. In the 1970s he became the general manager of the Island of Mustique where he stayed for four years. He then began writing – first fiction and then followed by historical non-fiction - among his best-selling books are Admiral Beaufort and the award winning The Queen's Stamps
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