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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; (Reissue) edition (4 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007127316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007127313
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 4.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Skilfully and sympathetically told by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart…It is brilliant…Mackenzie Stuart has treated us to some marvellous vignettes of life at Blenheim in the “Gilded Age”.’ Antonia Fraser, The Times

‘A dual life story that reads as pleasurably as the best fiction but with all the intelligence of a first-rate biography…completely absorbing.’ Amanda Foreman

‘It moves, entertains and intrigues.’ Independent on Sunday

‘[…]an intelligent, insightful and highly readable book about the gilded cage of aristocratic marriage.’ Daily Mail

‘The story of Consuelo and Alva has everything: glamour, money, gossip, intrigue and pathos.’ Harpers & Queen

About the Author

Amanda Mackenzie Stuart was born in Edinburgh in 1954. A graduate of the National Film and Television School, she spent the first part of her career as a scientific filmmaker before joining Renegade Films in 1992.
Screenwriting projects include a television mini-series adapted from Divided Loyalties by Janet Teissier du Cros and 'Number the Stars' by Lois Lowry. Her musical biography of Broadway lyricist Dorothy Fields was produced by HMR Productions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1999 starring singer Morag Maclaren. She also co-wrote and co-produced Khaled El Hagar's 'Room to Rent' released in 2000, starring Rupert Graves, Juliette Lewis and Anna Massey.
‘Consuelo and Alva’ is her first book.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By geordie potomus on 17 Mar. 2013
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Maybe it's me but I find this trying to be more of a dissertaion submission about Social behaviour at the turn of the previous century .I think it is maybe that I am not high brow enough for the book .What I really wanted was a 'story ' not a book where I have to really take notice of every point so that I can mentally refer back to it .The author is clearly a very learned woman who has great skill at collating and sorting information but it feels like she is frightened of being accused of not writing a 'learned ' piece of work and is reluctant to fall into what she might see as ' common gossip ' .It seems that every event she describes has to be analysed and scrutinised before she moves onto the next event .Quite frankly , and this is my failing and not hers , I pick up my Kindle reluctantly - like I feel I must read it every night , rather than WANT to read it .I normally , in a paper book , flick to the photographs when I lose the thread of the text , but haven't mastered the 'flicking ' art on my Kindle yet . To be fair ,I have now got a good feel for Alva Vanderbilt's persona and am persevering to get to Consuelo.It has been interesting in the whole to be fair . Maybe I should just accept my own failings and stick to less ambitious works .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AMELIA on 25 Jun. 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, not only for the insight into the lives of the Vanderbilts but also for the involement they had with the "Womens Rights" movements back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I was not aware of the American contribution to this cause.
I loved the detail of the various places they lived in, in America, France and England and what became of them and the insight into the changing era of the very rich in the 20th century. A definate "Must read" for anyone interested in social history.
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By SPAR66 on 10 Aug. 2013
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Enjoyed this book very much. American heiresses an interesting topic, easy to read without a lot of effort, not too heavy.
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By Terence Mead on 20 Mar. 2013
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I found this book very interesting about the lives of how those people lived and money they spent on there homes and who they mixed with found it hard to put the book down.
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