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Empress Bianca [Abridged, Audiobook, Box set, Illustrated, Large Print] [Paperback]

Lady Colin Campbell
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1 July 2006
To her father, she was a princess. To her first husband, she was the perfect wife and mother. But to the other men in her life she was so much more. Daughter of a Welsh Surveyor who had brought his Palestinian wife to Mexico at the end of World War II to seek his fortune, Bianca was raised always to expect the best of everything. She quickly discovered, however, that the best was never going to be enough. Charming, attractive, vivacious and extremely aware of her power over rich and powerful men, she sought nothing less than to be the absolute ruler of international society. Reluctantly but ruthlessly contriving to bring about the end of her marriage to Bernardo, she quickly allowed herself to become wedded to the fortunes of Ferdie, the psychologically unstable scion of the powerful and rich Piedraplata family, whose international concerns include commerce, banking and jewelry. However, when deep cracks start to form in their glamourous jet-set lifestyle together, Bianca turns to the calculating and amoral Philippe Mahfud, an Iraqi business associate of Ferdies, to help her attain the wealth and status she secretly covets. Lady Colin Campbells compulsive dbut novel is a tale of charm, intrigue and cold-blooded murder set among the high flyers of twentieth-century international society. Follow Empress Bianca from her earliest days as a middle-class housewife in post-war Mexico as she lies, cheats, schemes and seduces her way to the top. A veritable monster of vanity and pretension, captured with deadly accuracy in Lady Colins lucid prose, Bianca leaves her mark on every couturiers salon, chic restaurant or exclusive gathering she walks into, cutting an unmistakable swathe through socialcircles and gossip columns from the late 1950s right up to today. See international society the way insiders see it. See it through Empress Bian


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  • Paperback: 437 pages
  • Publisher: Dynasty Press Ltd (1 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955350700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955350702
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 766,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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REVIEW: Guilty or not guilty? Murder. A Beautiful Socialite Wife. Two Dead Rich Husbands. Billion-Dollar Fortune. Who could resist such a scrumptious story? I know I can t. A roman a clef about the life of one of the richest women in the world, Empress Bianca is a novel that was banned for publication because of billionairess Lily Safra, the real woman the main character was based on, used all her resources and conceivable powers and stopped the novel from being printed and circulated for public consumption, more specifically, for the consumption of the international creme dela creme the rarified social and economic circles of fund-raising socialites, and empire-building billionaires in which Lily moves. To better understand why the book was so controversial, an excerpt from Wikipedia reads, in part: Empress Bianca, the first novel by Lady Colin Campbell, was initially published in June, 2005. One month later, Arcadia Books, the British publisher, withdrew the book and pulped all unsold copies in reaction to a legal threat intiated on behalf of Lily Safra under her interpretation that the book was a defamatory roman a clef. After some changes the book was republished in the United States in 2008 by Dynasty Press. After reading the novel, I decided to get a copy of the autobiography of Mrs. Safra, Gilded Lily by Isabel Vincent. I must say that I am convinced that Bianca is Lily under the facade of fiction. But you ll have to read both books to see what I mean. Well, fiction or nonfiction, as the case may well be, Empress Bianca is a novel that portrays the life of the fashionable set through the lucid prose of Lady Colin the characters are relatable, story wonderfully crafted and told. In fact, there is one character I could especially relate to Bianca s second husband, Ferdinand Piedraplata. He s manic-depressive like me. It s one of those characters with whom you can identify yourself with because you are him. It was as if Lady Colin was describing me and telling my story (well, except for the dead and supper rich part). If you are someone who likes to read social headlines or wants to know what goes in and out of the world of social-climbing murderesses, Type A bankers, and mercurial entrepreneurs, you will love this book. Alluring, charming, and scathing, Empress Bianca incredibly captures the world of a woman who has risen from a middle-class background to the uppermost echelons of international society by marrying two fabulously wealthy men, and quite possibly, by killing them, too. She might have never been tried for the controversial deaths (or murders) of her husbands, but that does make her any less innocent? A tale of intrigue, mystery, and crime of epic proportions, Empress Bianca is an unputdownable pageturner that will leave you wanting for a sequel. Is she truly guilty or is as innocent as she claims to be? You decide. Get a copy. Rating: 5 of 5 stars --http://thefrancisbaraanivblog.wordpress.com/category/lady-colin-campbell/

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased! 8 Nov 2012
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This book was brand new and I'm very pleased with it and the service. Thank you so much, it is an interesting read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Empress Bianca 19 April 2012
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I have just finished reading Kindle version of Empress Bianca. This is a well-written easy to read account of the life of a very dangerous woman. The book never flags it goes from one situation to the next and is an insight into a life of narcissism, arrogance great wealth, and unrelenting selfishness. An absorbing read taking the reader into the world of the super rich, their sybaritic lifestyles, and the greed of a woman who never has enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Empress Bianca 7 Dec 2005
By LESLIE DOHENY-HANKS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Scathing account of the perported life of Lily Safra. Very interesting to have read the on-going diary of the events that lead to the death of Edmond Safra by Dominick Dunne in Vanity Fair. Empress Bianca, as fiction or non-fiction as the case may well be, is the more or less complete story as presented by Lady Colin Campbell. It is well written and entertaining. As Lily Safra went to great lengths to have this book pulped, it may be difficult to find. I found my copy through an obscure English bookseller.. good luck in finding one.. it is worth the effort.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Delicious Read... 14 Mar 2011
By Buck Winthrop - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
With all that has been written about Lily Safre and the scandal this book caused in international society I searched high and low for a copy of the original book. When that failed I read this version which did not disappoint. I was immediately sucked into the tale of the ambitious woman believeing very much that it was the spiiting image of Lily Safre. The writing is very good for a book like this with plenty of details and background. Quite franly I did not want it to end and wish the author would do a follow up. Fun. Fun. Fun.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars IMPORTANT - This is NOT the same book that was pulped 15 Jan 2009
By Natasha Wannabe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Just a note for those considering purchasing this edition: you are not buying the same book as that pulped by its original publisher, Arcadia Books (UK), in 2005 following a suit instituted by Lily Safra against the publisher claiming the book defamed her. There are apparently 17 changes (unspecified) in the text. If you want the original, you must be prepared to pay $600 or more as there are a few volumes still circulating on the used book market (volumes sold prior to the pulp order).
Here's the relevant news clip from the NY Post:
January 3, 2008 -- LILY Safra will be displeased to learn that "Empress Bianca," the roman-a-clef by Lady Colin Campbell, is being published soon in the US. This is the novel Safra's lawyers forced its British publisher to remove from stores and destroy because its protaganist, whose rich husbands keep dying, was too similar to herself. There will be 17 changes in the book, according to lawyer Michael J. Griffith, a friend of Campbell who represented the convicted Ted Maher in connection with the death of Lily's husband, multi-billionaire Edmond Safra. Maher's trial has been termed a "fix." Griffith told friends at DaTommaso restaurant that Campbell informed him she'll come to New York soon for a book party thrown by publisher Dynasty Press.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So much fun! 28 Aug 2008
By G. Recipient - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm surprised this book is not more popular. No. it's not a work of art (the writing is a little wooden and the dialogue is often slightly ridiculous) but it's so much fun. Campbell dishes about the life of a woman who uses her beauty, charm and steely determination to get what she wants in life: money and power. She stops at nothing (divorcing a man she truly loves, murder...) to get it. That the story closely resembles that of a billionaire who managed to get the book censored in England is just another reason to read it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "cannot put down" book! 29 May 2010
By SPS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was a book that held my attention from the very first to the very last page. Warning to readers: This "Empress" is the epitome of evil.
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