I thought this was a very well written book, I have only given it five stars because even though I was so irritated by the subject it was not the authors fault. It is a very well written and constructed book, very fair to all parties, but what a waste of a life to have inherited such a vast fortune and to leave your family with nothing at the end.
I guess Colin Tennant was an untreated depressive, he had breakdowns and would go into wild rages. But he also had a huge sense of style and could see how a house or island should look, but he did not have the staying power to see it through or a budget to follow. He was flattered by Princess Margaret's attention but it seems she milked him, not only did he give her the land for the house on Mustique, but then expected him to build it for her and probably pick up all the bills. The saint of it all was his long suffering wife. I like biographies and I enjoyed reading this well written book.