‘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.