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Lord of the Isle


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Nicholas Courtney is an author, broadcaster and lecturer. A qualified land agent, Colin Tennant appointed him as general manager of the Island of Mustique during the pioneer years (the early 1970s), and he was to stay for four years. Thereafter, they remained close friends. Over the next four decades Nicholas attended all Colin's glamorous parties in London, the Caribbean and Scotland and accompanied him on many expeditions to India, Africa and the West Indies. He was ghosting Colin's autobiography when he died and, as his literary executor, he has had unparalleled access to thousands of unseen family papers and photographs for this biography, as well as the help of the family and many friends. On leaving Mustique, Nicholas turned to writing non-fiction and amongst his many works are the award-winning, Gale Force 10, a biography of Admiral Beaufort, The Queen's Stamps, Uncle Cox, and Swinley Special. He lives in London and Cornwall with his wife, Vanessa. He is currently a PhD student at the University of the West Indies, Barbados.


"How to Blow GBP100 million: Nicholas Courtney has written a warts and all biography. One assumes Colin would have approved of that. He knew hew was neurotic, mercurial and impossible" - London Evening Standard; "A lovely escapist read...a strange and probably unique story of impeccable taste and profligate spending...all told with a gentle Wodehousian affection" - Robin Hanbury-Tenson, Country Life; "[Colin Tennant's] story is well told in Nicholas Courtney's biography, Lord of the Isle - essential sun-lounger reading for anyone travelling [to the Caribbean]." - Nigel Tisdall, howtospendit.ft.com

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