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Outrageous Fortune: Growing Up at Leeds Castle [Format Kindle]

Anthony Russell
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It takes time for a book to be accepted as a classic, but I am sure Anthony Russell's will be. The book might have been entitled, with a nod to Russell's grandmother s friend Noël Coward, 'Poor Little Rich Boy' for who else has had the experience of being brought up in unimaginable luxury while not receiving lavish attention? And who, if he had that experience, would be capable of writing about it a little masterpiece like Outrageous Fortune? I see this as the debut of a very significant writer. --Bevis Hillier

[A] memoir which engages and delights in equal measure. --Victoria Wallace

A few years ago, while filming the DVD for my Castles in the Air concert at Leeds Castle, I decided to stay at the castle overnight and invited my family and friends to join me for dinner in the huge dining room there. I wanted us to get a glimpse of a way of life from a bygone era. How I wish I had read Outrageous Fortune before that night! This book is full of humorous and interesting personalities and anecdotes that made the castle and its past come alive! Ducks being launched down a ramp and into the lake. Parrots being flown into England in first class. Even a virgin birth! Anthony not only brings the castle's past to life, but also shows the humanity of aristocracy. --Sir Cliff Richard

The book provides a fascinating insight into the upper-class social scene of the era, and provides an opportunity to hear from someone at the heart of the castle's remarkable history. --Kent on Sunday

A well-observed memoir... Most memorable is his depiction of the court members at Christmas. --The New York Times

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<div>Leeds Castle, once home to kings and queens, was a place of spectacular opulence and luxury, and it was here that Anthony Russell spent his childhood; a childhood beyond the reaches of ordinary imagination. Away from the extravagance, the embrace of his nanny and the strong but distant love of his mother, Anthony&#8217;s childhood was often lonely and fraught with the pressures of upholding the &#145;Castle Way&#8217;, unwritten rules that were, perhaps, not the best preparation for life outside the castle walls. The polite reserve of his sheltered existence was inevitably ruptured by the arrival of the 1960s, with its new music, mores, and social freedoms; things both alluring and alarming to a young man who had spent his youth in splendid isolation. Uniquely entertaining, Outrageous Fortune is an extraordinary memoir, an accessible and personable account of how the &#145;other half &#8217; lives, and a real-life Downton Abbey. As he documents his life at Leeds Castle, Anthony Russell gives us a vivid and intimate glimpse into a fascinating world gone by. </div>

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3079 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 319 pages
  • Editeur : Robson Press, The (11 novembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Composition améliorée: Activé
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°195.684 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A lost world 11 mars 2014
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Entertaining read about a way of life long gone. For people who are curious about such things. Well written and informative, observed with humor.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Lovely Memoir 29 décembre 2013
Par Tara - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Beautiful memoir. Fascinating reading. Great insight into life of the rich and privileged and of one boy growing up in this life. The writer, the third son with a big age difference and a much younger sister basically had only his beloved nanny for companionship until he was shipped off to boarding school at a very young age. His father was cold, aloof and indifferent, and his mother, while loving was too busy to give him much time. I highly recommend this book especially if you like memoirs.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Fortunate Find! 2 décembre 2013
Par Richard Gonzalez - Publié sur Amazon.com
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While the spectacular backdrop and impressive players in Outrageous Fortune will surely dazzle historians and Anglo-curious, the heart of Anthony Russell's thoughtful and beautifully written memoir is everything but elitist. The truth reveals a surprisingly relatable tale about a boy finding his way to a graceful manhood. Sensitively penned with a noble touch, readers of all walks will find this little gem both heartbreaking and joyous, occasionally naughty and well worth the journey.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not what I expected. 20 décembre 2013
Par QOGI - Publié sur Amazon.com
I visited Leeds Castle many years ago and thought it was beautiful. I bought this book to learn more about the castle and the people who lived there.
This book was not what I expected. Instead, it was a touching story about a sensitive soul coming to terms with the "Castle Way" of life.
There are some very funny stores about his grandmothers - Lady Baillie's bird collection, fox hunting with Lady Ampthill and a bizarre story about a "virgin birth".
I recommend this for anyone who wonders how the other half lives.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Terrific Read! 23 décembre 2013
Par Victoria R. Pettker - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a terrific read. Anthony Russell, with self-effacing humor and an acute sensitivity, tells his personal story of growing up rich in a castle among the English aristocracy. Although many of us, without knowing better, would dream to have had his upbringing, Russell makes it clear that you should watch out for what you wish for. For Russell, growing up with a silver spoon in his mouth, didn't prepare him for life beyond the castle. His tale in many ways is quite sad, but along the way, he takes you inside the castle walls to reveal some unbelievable and unforgettable characters, including two Grannies, B and A, the attending hangers-on, and two parents who paid little attention to Russell or their parental responsibilities.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Entrancing Read! 21 janvier 2014
Par Janice Wald-Henderson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book captivated me in many ways. The author's voice is clear and strong; witty and insightful. I felt like I was swept along for the "castle way" ride, and could not put this tome down until I finished it. It's a fantasy world to most of us and few provide entry like Russell. I loved the way he captured the "characters," and there are many. As a product of an elite boarding school in America, I could relate to some of the stories. You will smile, laugh and even cry as the author bares his soul. Cheers to this one!
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