A Charmed Life: Growing Up in Macbeth's Castle

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Macmillan, Nov 25, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages

A Charmed Life tells the story of Liza Campbell, the last child to be born at the impressive and renowned Cawdor Castle, the same locale featured in Shakespeare's Macbeth. It was at the historical ancestral home that Liza's seemingly idyllic fairytale childhood began to resemble a nightmare.
Increasingly overwhelmed by his enormous responsibilities, Liza's father Hugh, the twenty-fifth Thane of Cawdor, tipped into madness fueled by drink, drugs, and extramarital affairs. Over the years, the castle was transformed into an arena of reckless extravagance and terrifying domestic violence, as Liza and her siblings watched their father destroy himself, his family, and their centuries-old legacy.
Painstakingly honest, thoroughly entertaining, and sharply written, Campbell's contemporary fairytale tells of growing up as a maiden in a castle where ancient curses and grisly events from centuries ago live on between its stone walls.
"[A] courageous memoir . . . a page turner set among moats, drawbridges, and portcullises both real and metaphorical." —Vogue
"Superbly written." —Harper's Bazaar
"Poignant . . . lovely." —Entertainment Weekly
"Edged with relentless wit . . . [A Charmed Life is a] nightmarish memoir that gives fiction a run for its money." —Kirkus Reviews
"Intriguing...[a] highly readable story...extraordinary." —Tucson Citizen

 

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User Review  - ekelly27 - LibraryThing

There were times that this book was very good but for the most part i felt like the back of the book was better than the book itself. There was a lot of Scottish history, and although I am a history buff, it only served to separate me more from the author. Read full review

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My wife gave me this book knowing that it would be of particular interest to me for two reasons. The most obvious to most people would be my affinity for Shakespeare and the fact that this memoir ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
48
Section 5
78
Section 6
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Section 7
121
Section 8
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
283
Section 18
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 19
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About the author (2008)

Liz Campbell, daughter of the twenty-fifth Thane of Cawdor, was the last child to be born at Cawdor Castle. Her childhood was divided between her father's vast Scottish and Welsh estates. She is an artist, writer, journalist, and calligrapher. She lives in London with her family.

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