A Charmed Life

Growing Up in Macbeth's Castle

Liza Campbell

St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

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A Charmed Life tells the story of Liza Campbell, the last child to be born at the impressive and renowned Cawdor Castle, the same locale featured in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. It was at the historical ancestral home that Liza’s seemingly idyllic fairytale childhood began to resemble a nightmare.
     Increasingly overwhelmed by his enormous responsibilities, Liza’s father Hugh, the twenty-fifth Thane of Cawdor, tipped into madness fueled by drink, drugs, and extramarital affairs. Over the years, the castle was transformed into an arena of reckless extravagance and terrifying domestic violence, as Liza and her siblings watched their father destroy himself, his family, and their centuries-old legacy.
     Painstakingly honest, thoroughly entertaining, and sharply written, Campbell’s contemporary fairytale tells of growing up as a maiden in a castle where ancient curses and grisly events from centuries ago live on between its stone walls.

“[A] courageous memoir . . . a page turner set among moats, drawbridges, and portcullises both real and metaphorical.” —Vogue
“Superbly written.” —Harper’s Bazaar
“Poignant . . . lovely.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Edged with relentless wit . . . [A Charmed Life is a] nightmarish memoir that gives fiction a run for its money.” —Kirkus Reviews
"Intriguing...[a] highly readable story...extraordinary." —Tucson Citizen

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Liza Campbell

Liz Campbell, daughter of the twenty-fifth Thane of Cawdor, was the last child to be born at Cawdor Castle. Her childhood was divided between her father’s vast Scottish and Welsh estates. She is an artist, writer, journalist, and calligrapher. She lives in London with her family.

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A Charmed Life
Growing Up in Macbeth's Castle
Liza Campbell

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
November 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312384968
ISBN10: 0312384963
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages, Includes one 16-page black-and-white photo section
$16.99
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