William Cross, FSA Scot

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Reviews and Comments on "The Life and Secrets of Almina Carnarvon" by William Cross, FSA Scot : A candid biography of the 5th Countess of Carnarvon, of Tutankhamun fame.

ISBN 10 1-905914-02-4   ISBN 13  978-1-905914-02-9


The book is available from the author at 58, Sutton Road, Newport, Gwent, NP19 7JF.

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Latest comments on The Life and Secrets of Almina Carnarvon, by Mike Buckingham in the South Wales Argus, 28 May 2011, include :


"...A beautiful monster's life of scandal....voyeurism, betrayal, sexual shenanigans and other secrets of the upper crust laid bare..." 

" When he lights a fuse William Cross likes to ensure a satisfyingly large explosion..."

Almina is a " crashing snob, who were she a man would be considered a Lord Flashman and a cad of the worst type, she was by turns charming and ruthless, profigate and greedy, shallow and vain but always, always fascinating..."

..." the aristocratic elite of inter-war London society wheeling around her like stars in her own obsessed and naricissistic firmament..."

"..involving blackmail, adultery, fraud, homosexuality, snobbery and casual cruelty, The Life and Secrets of Almina Carnarvon is an everyday story of inter-war gentlefolk..."






        Feedback from Readers           

" The story of Almina is well worth the telling and the amount of research put into it is prodigious. A  truly astonishing woman in every respect, not least her extraordinary diverse amorous tastes, spanning the social spectrum from belted earls to artisans, not to mention her ability to get through money " 

HGK, Herefordshire, England.

 " Almina was certainly a colourful character and I think your book is great.."

BB, Bedfordshire, England.


Your book, or books, since the research notes are almost a companion volume so rich are they in detail, is a triumph and it was a complete delight to read.

CW, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.


" Many thanks for the book which arrived today. It is absolutely outstanding. It is an important piece of British history......"


"......there is no question in my mind that anyone of substance will find this an important work. It is just a question of getting enough people to read it."


ALJ, Texas, USA.


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