AUSSI CONNECTION TO THE WORLD OF DOWNTON ABBEY
The BBC’s TV series Downton Abbey written by Oscar Award (Gosford Park) writer Julian Fellowes, is coming soon to Channel 7. Attracting around 9 million viewers per session, this popular series involves the life, times and scandals of an Edwardian family, their friends and servants.
What is not generally known is that the recently published NZ biography Searching For Grace, written by Carol Henderson and her mother Heather Tovey, published by Steele Roberts, describes how Heather eventually finds her birthmother – multi millionairess Lady Grace Weigall the wife of Sir Archibald Weigall Governor of South Australia in the early 1920s. As well as revealing hitherto unknown details of their time in Australia, the story lifts the lid on Edwardian society, uncovering family secrets and skeletons that prove to be every bit as intriguing as the fictional goings on depicted by the illustrious Mr Fellows.
English writer and historian Edward Mayor reviewing Searching For Grace comments, “We read of an attempted kidnapping, physicians with much to hide, a glamorous social whirl involving he future King Edward V111, and finally death and burials worthy of a Wagnerian music drama. Gliding between England, South Australia and New Zealand, this book is simply sensational.”
Note: Searching For Grace is presently not available in Australian bookshops but can be purchased on www.thenile.co.au, www.thenile.co.nz, and amazon.co.uk or via Carol’s publishers info@SteeleRoberts.co.nz
More details are available on Carol’s website carolhenderson.co.nz