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A Charmed Life


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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.


This book is hard to classify: Is it a memoir? A history? A psychological exploration written to achieve closure on a strange yet exciting upbringing? One could argue that it is all of these things, woven together by a dark and penetrating sense of humor. Campbell, a sort of Renaissance woman (she's billed as a model, artist, writer, and journalist), has penned a portrait of her dysfunctional childhood with an alcoholic and narcissistic father in Cawdor Castle, her family's ancestral home in Nairn, Scotland. Her father inherited the title Thane of Cawdor, familiar to many because Shakespeare used it in Macbeth, which creates a fictional connection between that character and the thanedom. With an adult's perspective, Campbell details many disturbing incidents growing up in the 1960s. At times touching and sad, the book may prompt both anger and compassion for the father who destroyed his family in more ways than one. Campbell also weaves local and ancestral history into the narrative. An enjoyable and moving read, this book would be best suited for public libraries.-Maria C. Bagshaw, Ecolab Research Ctr., Eagan, MN Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Edged with relentless wit...["A Charmed Life" is a] nightmarish memoir that gives fiction a run for its money." --"Kirkus Reviews"
"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...highly readable story...extraordinary." --"Tuscon Citizen"

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