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Lord of the Isle: The Extravagant Life and Times of Colin Tennant [Kindle Edition]

Nicholas Courtney
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Biography of the late Colin Tennant (Lord Glenconner) who established Mustique as a major attraction to the rich and famous whose life was often unconventional and always newsworthy – even after his death.

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'How to Blow GBP100 million: Nicholas Courtney has written a warts and all biography. One assumes Colin would have approved of that. He knew hew was neurotic, mercurial and impossible.' --London Evening Standard

'A lovely escapist read...a strange and probably unique story of impeccable taste and profligate spending...all told with a gentle Wodehousian affection.' --Robin Hanbury-Tenson, Country Life

[Colin Tennant's] story is well told in Nicholas Courtney's biography, Lord of the Isle essential sun-lounger reading for anyone travelling [to the Caribbean]. --Nigel Tisdall,

About the Author

Nicholas Courtney is an author, broadcaster and lecturer. A qualified land agent, Colin Tennant appointed him as general manager of the Island of Mustique during the pioneer years (the early 1970s), and he was to stay for four years. Thereafter, they remained close friends. Over the next four decades Nicholas attended all Colin's glamorous parties in London, the Caribbean and Scotland and accompanied him on many expeditions to India, Africa and the West Indies. He was ghosting Colin's autobiography when he died and, as his literary executor, he has had unparalleled access to thousands of unseen family papers and photographs for this biography, as well as the help of the family and many friends. On leaving Mustique, Nicholas turned to writing non-fiction and amongst his many works are the award-winning, Gale Force 10, a biography of Admiral Beaufort, The Queen's Stamps, Uncle Cox, and Swinley Special. He lives in London and Cornwall with his wife, Vanessa. He is currently a PhD student at the University of the West Indies, Barbados.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6821 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bene Factum Publishing (29 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A8G2Q2Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,911 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A RIVETING BIOGRAPHY OF AN EXCEPTIONAL MAN 20 Nov. 2012
Colin Tennant was a much written about society man of the 1950s onwards, who came to self publicised fame when with his substantial wealth he bought the Caribbean island of Mustique. The story of Tennant's life is told here in a brilliant biography by one of his Mustique employees Nicholas Courtney. Not only is this tale amazingly well researched, but it is then converted into a really well written page turner that this slow reader was unable to put aside for the five days it took to finish.

Never having visited Mustique and probably never will, Lord of the Isle makes a wonderful substitute as its hugely talented author takes the reader into the intimate details of simple living on a one time mosquito ridden wilderness by some of the world's most famous people. My goodness how I enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MIXED FEELINGS 23 May 2013
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It is difficult to describe my feelings after reading this book. It is certainly a good read and well-written.
But what a waste of energy to write this book and perhaps read it.
Because all tho the writer keeps telling us people loved Colin Tennant, I cannot imagine that if he had not had the advantage of his money that people would ever have really liked him. He comes over as a very unlikable man, boorish, egoistic, nasty and a few other things but never lovable. And what did he actually achieve in life not much. He got rid of millions, never finished anything and when it comes down to bare facts not even Mustique was really his achievement it was other people who did it for him and after him.
My main question at the end of the book was why did his wife decide to support him to the very end but her vision on this man is nowhere to be found. Seeing the tragic lives of his sons the author could also have accounted more extensively in Colin Tennant's part is this.
The book left me with very mixed feelings, did I really want to spend so much time on such a loser. But those feelings are caused by the subject not the author, he did as well a job as could be expected.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting life wasted. 17 Jan. 2013
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Illiterate? 8 April 2014
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This is about the most badly written book I have ever had the misfortune to read. A potentially fascinating subject has been buried beneath the evidence the complete absence of editorial intervention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting 28 Jun. 2013
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For someone like me its a very interesting fly on the wall story about Colin tennant his life style and his relationship with Princess Margaret.
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