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Product Details

  • Paperback: 437 pages
  • Publisher: Dynasty Press Limited (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955350700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955350702
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Empress Bianca is about a woman who murders two husbands and makes off with billions of dollars . She pooh-poohs any domestic homicide Freudian score settling connection. Darling, I don t have murderous instincts, she grins. I am not a vengeful person. --Jeremy Hilder, Independent on Sunday<br /><br />a highly controversial novel the talk of international society. --Dominick Dunne, Vanity Fair

Empress Bianca is about a woman who murders two husbands and makes off with billions of dollars . She pooh-poohs any domestic homicide Freudian score settling connection. Darling, I don t have murderous instincts, she grins. I am not a vengeful person. --Jeremy Hilder, Independent on Sunday

About the Author

Lady Colin Campbell was born in St Andrew, Jamaica and now lives with her two sons in London. Through marriage she is related to most of the Royal Families of Europe as well as the British Royal Family. She is the author of the first revealing biography of Diana, Princess of Wales, the international bestseller, Diana in Private, which is now regarded, together with her posthumous biography, The Real Diana, as the most authoritative and factual biography written contemporaneously about the Princess.

More About the Author

Lady Colin Campbell is a highly successful and prolific author of several books, including London and New York Times bestsellers, and has been a prominent and often controversial figure in royal and social circles for many years. She perhaps is best known for her international bestselling book Diana in Private, 1992, and her subsequent extended and revelatory biography of the Princess of Wales, The Real Diana published in 2004. She has written books on the Royal Family, been a long term columnist and appeared numerous times on TV and Radio as an experienced Royal Insider and expert on the British aristocracy. In 1997 she published her autobiography, A Life Worth Living, which was serialised in The Daily Mail. Born in St Andrew, Jamaica, she was educated there and in New York, where she lived for seven years. She is connected to British royalty through common ancestors and marriage. She has two sons and lives in London.

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By LESLIE DOHENY-HANKS on December 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Scathing account of the perported life of Lily Safra. Very interesting to have read the on-going diary of the events that lead to the death of Edmond Safra by Dominick Dunne in Vanity Fair. Empress Bianca, as fiction or non-fiction as the case may well be, is the more or less complete story as presented by Lady Colin Campbell. It is well written and entertaining. As Lily Safra went to great lengths to have this book pulped, it may be difficult to find. I found my copy through an obscure English bookseller.. good luck in finding one.. it is worth the effort.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Buck Winthrop VINE VOICE on March 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
With all that has been written about Lily Safre and the scandal this book caused in international society I searched high and low for a copy of the original book. When that failed I read this version which did not disappoint. I was immediately sucked into the tale of the ambitious woman believeing very much that it was the spiiting image of Lily Safre. The writing is very good for a book like this with plenty of details and background. Quite franly I did not want it to end and wish the author would do a follow up. Fun. Fun. Fun.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Natasha Wannabe on January 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
Just a note for those considering purchasing this edition: you are not buying the same book as that pulped by its original publisher, Arcadia Books (UK), in 2005 following a suit instituted by Lily Safra against the publisher claiming the book defamed her. There are apparently 17 changes (unspecified) in the text. If you want the original, you must be prepared to pay $600 or more as there are a few volumes still circulating on the used book market (volumes sold prior to the pulp order).
Here's the relevant news clip from the NY Post:
January 3, 2008 -- LILY Safra will be displeased to learn that "Empress Bianca," the roman-a-clef by Lady Colin Campbell, is being published soon in the US. This is the novel Safra's lawyers forced its British publisher to remove from stores and destroy because its protaganist, whose rich husbands keep dying, was too similar to herself. There will be 17 changes in the book, according to lawyer Michael J. Griffith, a friend of Campbell who represented the convicted Ted Maher in connection with the death of Lily's husband, multi-billionaire Edmond Safra. Maher's trial has been termed a "fix." Griffith told friends at DaTommaso restaurant that Campbell informed him she'll come to New York soon for a book party thrown by publisher Dynasty Press.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Recipient on August 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm surprised this book is not more popular. No. it's not a work of art (the writing is a little wooden and the dialogue is often slightly ridiculous) but it's so much fun. Campbell dishes about the life of a woman who uses her beauty, charm and steely determination to get what she wants in life: money and power. She stops at nothing (divorcing a man she truly loves, murder...) to get it. That the story closely resembles that of a billionaire who managed to get the book censored in England is just another reason to read it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SPS on May 29, 2010
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This was a book that held my attention from the very first to the very last page. Warning to readers: This "Empress" is the epitome of evil.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joao Eudes Rezende on October 17, 2008
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It's a must have for those who follow the social headlines or for those who simply like to read about it. Lady Colin revealed the real side of Lily Safra, and put in vogue what went on "behind the scenes" of her life, and no wonder Lily had to take it out of the market when it first came out... It's a scandal! But it's worth to read, thank you Lady Colin!!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Linda S. Cruz on August 25, 2008
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No wonder Lily Safra had this originally pulped!! EVERY page is spell binding. A TRUE tale of greed & murder(s) in the 20th century. Bravo Lady Colin-Campbell for lifting the "silk curtain" on the ultra wealthy life style. By the end of the tome, you'll be glad to be ordinary.
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