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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.
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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: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,368,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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ehh. not all books are for everyone. read it but nothing really stood out... other than it appears to be taken from the real life of Lily Safra... might as well skip and read books on her instead. I respect all authors as art is a personal endeavor, you may really like !
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Having read Isabel Vincent's fascinating biography of Lily Safra, titled Gilded Lily, I was intrigued to find out why Lady Colin Campbell's Empress Bianca was banned in some countries due to its defamatory nature. Now I quite understand why.
This thinly veiled character assassination has to be the shabbiest, most tasteless and dire piece of writing I have had the misfortune to read. Empress Bianca is a distorted rehash of the life of Lily Safra. This piece of badly written sleaze I think degrades both 'ladies'.
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the book is structured like nonfiction, and is pretty stiff going. it does more telling than showing. however the author knows all about narcississtic people and she is able to delineate this clearly in the lead character. altogether, she knows what she's writing about.
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Was looking forward to this book after all the press and it did not disappoint....it was well written and the "story"....we know why they tried so hard to suppress this book and they know that we know why...kudos to author for not being bought or scared
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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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