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Friends & enemies : a life in Vogue, prison, & Park Avenue

Friends & enemies : a life in Vogue, prison, & Park Avenue / Barbara Amiel.
Amiel, Barbara,
  • New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2020.
  • ©2020

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xv, 592 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations; 24 cm
"The long-awaited memoir of one of Canada's most talked about and controversial figures, Friends and Enemies is shockingly honest, richly detailed, and pulls no punches as it traverses the highs and lows of Barbara Amiel's storied life. From her early childhood in London during the Blitz, to emigrating to Toronto and her rise to the top rungs of journalism; to her five husbands and other assorted beaus both famous and not; right up to her marriage to Conrad Black and the jetsetting lifestyle that would end with him convicted of fraud and serving 2 1/2 years in a Florida jail, Barbara Amiel's life has been dramatic, to say the least. She has been called every conceivable name in the book by the media and authors of biographies about her, pilloried for her extravagant lifestyle and sometimes regrettable quotes to the press ("My extravagance knows no bounds," for instance), not to mention her outspoken conservative politics. It's no surprise she remains to this day a subject of utter fascination after over four decades in the public eye. But until now, very few people actually knew her real story--the break-up of her family, her bouts of debilitating depression, and other chronic health issues, the several marriages (some of them violent and abusive), her thoughts on feminism and #MeToo, her travels with the international jetset and A-list celebrities and, of course, her thoughts on the trial and conviction of Conrad and the iron-clad bond they have shared since they were married in 1992. Whether you are an admirer or critic of Amiel, you will have to admit that her telling of her operatic life makes for the best reading. Her life seems at once like something from the pages of a historical novel, yet she also distinguishes herself as a woman well ahead of her time. She has certainly had many friends and enemies over the years--Henry and Nancy Kissinger, Elton John, Tom Stoppard, David Frost, Anna Wintour, Oscar de la Renta, Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana, Marie Jose Kravis, to name but a few--and she makes good use of them in this larger-than-life memoir."--
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Friends and enemies : a life in Vogue, prison and Park Avenue
  • Includes index.
Machine generated contents note: PART ONE -- One. Vera's Secrets -- Two. Crime and Poets -- Three. Looking for Love -- Four. Sexually Incorrect -- Five. Woman in Combat -- Six. Marital Sack Race -- Seven. Blackjack on Steroids -- Eight. Conrad in Love? -- Nine. Savage Rites: The Dinner Party -- Ten. Palm Beach -- Eleven. Jewels on Park Avenue -- Twelve. The Group -- Thirteen. The Telegraph Gauntlet -- Fourteen. The Bloody Anti-Semitism Chapter -- Fifteen. The Lady's for Burning -- in Haute Couture -- Sixteen. Summer Storms and Autumn Thunder -- INTERMEZZO -- PART TWO -- Seventeen. Exit Inch by Inch -- Eighteen. Valley of Past Friends -- Nineteen. Madame Jenah -- Twenty On Being Booted -- Twenty-One. The Counterfeit Bitch -- Twenty-Two. 2005: En Route to Perdition -- Twenty-Three. Down the Rabbit Hole -- Twenty-Four. Marie Antoinette Under a Mareva -- Twenty-Five. Bubblegum and Bulgari -- Twenty-Six. No Latex -- Twenty-Seven. For Love of a Kuvasz -- Twenty-Eight. Deja Vu Re-run -- Twenty-Nine. Tongue-tied in High Heels -- Thirty. Tea, Sympathy and Strychnine -- Thirty-One. Loss, Love and Vera's Revenge -- Thirty-Two. The Pot of Gold.
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JFE 21-5305
  • 9781643135601
  • 1643135600
Amiel, Barbara, author.
Friends & enemies : a life in Vogue, prison, & Park Avenue / Barbara Amiel.
New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2020.
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First Pegasus Books edition.
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Online version: Amiel, Barbara. Friends and enemies. Toronto : Signal, 2020 077100673X 9780771006739 (OCoLC)1111085897
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JFE 21-5305
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