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    Hannah Rothschild(Author Narrator)

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A Rothschild by birth and a Baroness by marriage, beautiful, spirited Pannonica - known as Nica - seemed to have it all: children, a handsome husband and a trust fund. But in the early 1950s she heard a piece by the jazz legend Thelonious Monk. The music overtook her like a magic spell, and she abandoned her marriage to go and find him.

Arriving in New York, Nica was shunned by society but accepted by the musicians. They gave her friendship; she gave them material and emotional support. Her convertible Bentley was a familiar sight outside the clubs and she drank whisky from a hip flask disguised as a Bible. Her notoriety was sealed when drug-addicted saxophonist Charlie Parker died in her apartment. But her real love was reserved for Monk, whom she cared for until his death in 1982.

The Baroness traces Nica's extraordinary, thrilling journey - from England's stately homes to the battlefields of Africa, passing under the shadow of the Holocaust, and finally to the creative ferment of the New York jazz scene. Hannah Rothschild's search to solve the mystery of her rebellious great aunt draws on their long friendship and years of meticulous research and interviews. It is part musical odyssey, part dazzling love story.

Riveting, touching and insightful (Daily Telegraph)An extraordinary achievement - perfectly structured, astonishingly objective, wise, perceptive and beautifully written (Antony Beevor)Wholly gripping (Rachel Cooke Guardian)Eloquently-written labour of love (Daily Mail)Nimble writing and brilliant story (Independent)It's a gripping yarn that more than proves that life is stranger than fiction' (Literary Review) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.

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  • By Karel A Lewis on 5 May 2017

    Most enjoyable and informative 're the Rothchild family As I live near Tring I could envisage much of the book.

  • By keenreader on 7 May 2012

    The Baroness is about so much more than Nica, the Rothschild woman at its centre. It cleverly weaves a tale of bygone days with issues like feminism and the beauty of jazz. The author brings the world of generations of her family alive but never seems overwhelmed by them. She tackles the question of self-worth in high achieving families with a light but authoritative touch. If this makes it sound at all dry or overly worthy - it never is, and it is a book that you want to read to the end as soon as you start the first sentence.

  • By Lindsey Clare Gee-Turner on 1 January 2015

    This was a jolly jape by someone who married into the Rothschild family. What a character although I'm not sure I can believe every word! Recommended. The Baroness by Hannah Rothschild.

  • By gingernut on 16 March 2015

    This is really a great book to read. Anyone interested in Rothschild dynasty this is a must read which gives an in depth history into the family and its origins. I LOVE this book with photos, family tree and very insightful information. The author is a descendent of the Rothschild who did an awful lot of research. Highly recommend it. Have bought two more copies for my sister and friend

  • By SarahH on 7 August 2013

    I found this book fascinating, as much as a history of an eccentric and influential family, as of a biography of Nica. I bought it as a jazz fan to find out more about Nica, of whom I knew very little. It is true that there is perhaps less jazz than one might expect and some reviewers found the extensive coverage of the various members and generations of the Rothschild family over-emphasised. But for me that was an unexpected and interesting bonus, providing a colourful background for Nica's unexpected life choices.

  • By Ernie Browser on 16 August 2012

    A brilliant, well researched biography of fascinating and eccentric woman who came from a wealthy and privileged background and wound up immersed in the seedy jazz world of mid twentieth century New York. The Baroness Koenigswarter was a woman of great beauty, courage and single mindedness who combined a hedonistic lifestyle with giving a leg up to the often dysfunctional, socially and economically deprived characters who honed and evolved their music in the clubs of 52nd Street, Manhattan, in its heyday. In particular she was devoted to the mentally deranged Thelonius Monk. As well a evoking the crazy world of the mid-town New York of the time, in complete contrast it also traces the origins of The Rothschild family from its origins in the slum ghetto of Frankfurt to great wealth and influence in the countries of Western Europe and then to the family's decline as many of the succeeding generations became less interested in banking and increasingly eccentric in their lifestyles. The Baroness was perhaps the prime example of the latter. A book I couldn't put down.


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