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Lord Lucan My Story

William Coles

Average Review Rating Average Rating 7/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Legend Press

Published : 2009

Copyright : William Coles 2009

ISBN-10 : PB 1-906558-11-6
ISBN-13 : PB 978-1-906558-11-6

Publisher's Write-Up

A murder gone wrong. A worldwide police hunt for the killer. And a fugitive who became a legend: The 7th Earl of Lucan.

The Lord Lucan Scandal is one of the greatest and most extraordinary mysteries of the 20th Century. Ever since Lucky Lord Lucan disappeared in 1974 after the murder of his nanny, the world has wondered what happened to Britain's most dashing Peer. Here, in his own hand, is the answer. This is Lord Lucan's personal memoir of his life as the world’s most infamous fugitive. It is the story of an Old Etonian Earl on the run; of how a man became a murderer; and how a life-long friendship soured into an enduring hate. Here, for the first time, is the full monstrous account of the life of Lord Lucan. This is his story.

About the Author:
William Coles has been a journalist for 21 years and has worked for a number of papers including The Sun, The Express, The Mail and The Wall Street Journal. His first novel, The Well-Tempered Clavier, was published by Legend Press in 2007.

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Review by Ben Macnair (310312) Rating (7/10)

Review by Ben Macnair
Rating 7/10
No one knows for sure what happened to Lord Lucan, since he went missing in 1974. Lord Lucan My Story is the guesswork of William Coles, a writer who quite clearly has spent a lot of time researching the material that forms the basis of the narrative of the book.

In language that the seventh Earl of Lucan could have used, it looks at his remorse following the murder of his children’s Nanny Sandra Rivett, his disappearance, and what really happened to him. Using the kindness of his well healed friends John Aspinall, and the more nefarious Jimmy Goldsmith, it shows how the Lord spent months in a secret hiding hole at Aspinall’s expansive home, and from there he escapes to India, where he is unknown, even though in England he has become famous as the Earl who fell from grace.

There is much pathos in the book, with Lucan regretting the fact he never saw his children grow up, and if he made contact with them again, it would up-root any lives and existence that they have managed to develop for themselves.

Much of the narrative looks at Lucan’s drug addiction, and the effect it has on his life, his health, and how he sees himself, but it also looks at his flowering relationship with Karen, who looks after him, and helps his drug rehabilitation, even though it is all in vain, with Lucan in a hospital at the end of the novel, telling a nurse who he really is, and for her not to believe a word he says.

The book is clearly a work of fiction, but as always when works of fiction are based on real life events, things have to be weighted accordingly. I would wonder what Lucan’s children would think of the book, but it is a good read, and helps to give some insight into one of the most well known mysteries of the past 40 years.
Ben Macnair (31st March 2012)

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