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Lord of the Isle: The Extravagant Life and Times of Colin Tennant

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

Nicholas Courtney
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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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,

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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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  • 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 (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,057 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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
4.0 out of 5 stars 70th birthday present 3 Aug 2013
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A present for a 70 year old man who loves reading biographies - unfortunately his birthday arrived too soon before I could sneak a preview read - but I am sorely tempted! Perhaps he might lend it back to me?
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable. 27 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Glad I bought this book - very enjoyable - Colin Tenant was obviously an eccentric man, but I also feel a trouble man too.
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