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'Startling . . . Hannah Rothschild tells this story with care, balancing narrative tension with a desire to lay out all the facts so readers can make up their own minds . . . Wholly gripping' (Rachel Cooke Observer)
'The story that Hannah Rothschild tells in her bright, clear prose is a mixture of things - nearly a biography of Nica, nearly a biography of Thelonious Monk, nearly a sketch of the 1950s New York jazz scene. At one level it's a version of The Hare with Amber Eyes . . . [Nica's] story, with all its tall tales and theatrical paraphernalia, is full of interest and warmth . . . She was ballsy and kind. There's something to be drawn out here - something given a particular emotional torque by the author's own consciousness of her place in this family - about belonging and escape: about what you can achieve, what you're doomed to endure, and all that jazz' (Sam Leith Spectator)
Riveting, touching and insightful (Daily Telegraph)
A well-researched biography. It is one third a history of the Rothschild family, one third a portrait of Nica, and one third a biography of Monk. Nica comes across as a remarkable woman, strong, feisty and rebellious (Sunday Times)
Richly textured, elegantly told and often as surprising as its subject, Hannah Rothschild's biography of her great-aunt is a moving tribute to a fascinating and original woman (Country Life) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Part musical odyssey, part dazzling love story The Baroness traces Nica's extraordinary, thrilling journey - from England's stately homes to the battlefields of Africa, passing under the shadow of the Holocaust, and finally, to the creative ferment of New York's 1950s jazz scene. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
Good to see some are more humane than others. Gives me a more balanced view of the family if it is all true.Published 28 days ago by reviewise
A fascinating peek behind the scenes of the Rothschild family & a sympathetic portrait of the life & times one of the most unlikely characters to have emerged over the generations:... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. R. C. Golten
Disappointing and not very well written, okay if you want to find out about generations of Rothschild's but little else.Published 4 months ago by Joyce
This is really a great book to read. Anyone interested in Rothschild dynasty this is a must read which gives an in depth history into the family and its origins. Read morePublished 6 months ago by gingernut
This book was really interesting and intriguing, couldn't put it down. If you are interested in unusual lives, this should be close to the top of your list.Published 7 months ago by Ann2shoes
This was a jolly jape by someone who married into the Rothschild family. What a character although I'm not sure I can believe every word! Recommended. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lindsey Clare Gee-Turner