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My Speed King: Life with Donald Campbell by Tonia Bern-Campbell (£9.50)Publisher: Sutton Publishing — 2002
Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0750929316]
Condition: Very Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper has a small scuff to the upper panel otherwise a very well presented copy.
Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;
From the cover: “The love affair between British speed king Donald Campbell and vivacious singer Tonia Bern was one of the great romances of the twentieth century. But passion turned to tragedy with the dramatic death of Campbell on Coniston Water in January 1967 as he attempted to break the world water speed record in his famous jet boat, Bluebird.
In this intimate portrait of her love affair with and marriage to Campbell, Tonia tells the inside story of her heady life with Britain’s national land and water speed hero. The collision between the two worlds of the 1960s jet-set and show-biz promised a fast and furious ride, but their volcanic marriage and the pressures of trying to combine two high-profile careers sometimes took their toll on the relationship.
Writing soon after Donald’s death, Tonia turned her tremendous sense of personal loss into a vivid evocation of what it was really like to be married to a man with a great lust for love-making and high-speed record-breaking. But it has taken her until now to choose to tell the full story.
The result is a tale of deep love and passion, fast cars and high living, cruelly cut short by a tragic twist of fate.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Anthony Hopkins. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVII] 215 pages.
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72