Empress Bianca

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Publish Green, 2008 - Fiction - 446 pages
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To her father, she was a princess. To her first husband, she was the perfect wife and mother. But to the other men in her life she was so much more. Daughter of a Welsh Surveyor who had brought his Palestinian wife to Mexico at the end of World War II to seek his fortune, Bianca was raised always to expect the best of everything. She quickly discovered, however, that the best was never going to be enough. Charming, attractive, vivacious and extremely aware of her power over rich and powerful men, she sought nothing less than to be the absolute ruler of international society. Reluctantly but ruthlessly contriving to bring about the end of her marriage to Bernardo, she quickly allowed herself to become wedded to the fortunes of Ferdie, the psychologically unstable scion of the powerful and rich Piedraplata family, whose international concerns include commerce, banking and jewelry. However, when deep cracks start to form in their glamourous jet-set lifestyle together, Bianca turns to the calculating and amoral Philippe Mahfud, an Iraqi business associate of Ferdies, to help her attain the wealth and status she secretly covets. Lady Colin Campbells compulsive dbut novel is a tale of charm, intrigue and cold-blooded murder set among the high flyers of twentieth-century international society. Follow Empress Bianca from her earliest days as a middle-class housewife in post-war Mexico as she lies, cheats, schemes and seduces her way to the top. A veritable monster of vanity and pretension, captured with deadly accuracy in Lady Colins lucid prose, Bianca leaves her mark on every couturiers salon, chic restaurant or exclusive gathering she walks into, cutting an unmistakable swathe through socialcircles and gossip columns from the late 1950s right up to today. See international society the way insiders see it. See it through Empress Bian

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Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Nineteen

Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Part Two
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Twenty
Chapter TwentyOne
Chapter TwentyTwo
Chapter TwentyThree
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Lady Colin is a highly successful and prolific author and has been a prominent and controversial figure in royal and social circles for many years. She wrote the international bestselling book Diana in Private in 1992, and the revelatory biography of the Princess of Wales, The Real Diana, in 2004. She is a long term columnist and commentator, and has appeared numerous times on TV and Radio as a Royal Insider and expert on the British aristocracy. In 1997 she published her acclaimed autobiography, A Life Worth Living.

Lady Colin was born in Jamaica and spent her early adult life in America where she became a model and studied apparel design. She is connected to British royalty through common ancestors as well as, through her marriage, to the uncle of the Duke of Argyll, who is a cousin of the Queen. She has two sons and lives in London.

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