Catherine lifts lid on family's dark secrets

BEST-selling author Catherine Bailey is heading to Rotherham to talk about her new book, which reveals a dark story about a plotting Duchess, a mysterious death and a castle full of lies.

The Secret Rooms - A True Gothic Mystery is the story of how one of Britain’s wealthiest men, the Duke of Rutland died virtually alone in a cramped suite of rooms in the servants’ quarters at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, and how, after his death, the rooms were locked up and left untouched for 60 years.

Catherine will be talking about the story when she appears with local researcher and author Martyn Johnson at the Riverside House library on November 7.

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Julie Hird Manager for Integrated Cultural Services said: "The last time we saw Catherine here in Rotherham was at our old Central library when she talked to an audience about her book Black Diamonds, and we are really very pleased to be able to welcome her to our lovely new space here at Riverside House as part of our commitment to offer a range of cultural activities in the town."

Catherine  is an award-winning television producer and director, making a range of critically acclaimed documentary films inspired by her interest in twentieth-century history.

Signed copies of The Secret Rooms - A True Gothic Mystery will be available to purchase at the event.

Tickets are available from the library @ Riverside and from Philip Howard Books of Wickersley are priced at £2 which includes a cup of tea or coffee and must be purchased in advance as space is limited.

Her previous book, Black Diamonds, told the story of the part coal played in the demise of Wentworth Woodhouse.