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A Lion In The Bedroom

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  32 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Pat Cavendish O’Neill spent her childhood, teenage years and early adulthood in a rarefied world of luxury where the Vanderbilts of New York were considered nouveau riche and her mother, Enid, one of the Lindeman wine family thought nothing of walking through Mayfair with a cheetah and flying to Kenya on safari in here private aeroplane in the 1930’s. Pat tells the story ...more
Kindle Edition, 563 pages
Published June 2nd 2012 by Pat Cavendish O'Neil
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Charles Inglin
Nov 26, 2016 Charles Inglin rated it liked it
Pat Cavendish O'Neil had a most remarkable life (and is still alive at this time as far as I can tell). Her mother was from the Lindemann family that founded the Australian wine industry. A noted beauty, she married first an American shipping magnate, having one son. After he passed away she married a British brigadier general, the father of Pat and her brother Caryl. When he passed away she married Marmaduke Furness, one of the richest industrialists in Britain. Her childhood was a peculiar ...more
Hazel Edwards
Sep 06, 2016 Hazel Edwards rated it did not like it


Such an irritatingly smug tone of privilege based on paying others for things for which the narrator takes the credit. The major value in reading this memoir is to cause the reader to wonder if 'beauty' is sufficient excuse for a wasted and parasitic life in which there is always one of Mummy's connections to fix a problem or pay for a replacement plane, car , racehorse, house or divorce from a husband. Quite a sad story really of wasted opportunities and an argument for NOT inheriting wealth an
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Louise Brummer
Dec 10, 2014 Louise Brummer rated it really liked it
I gave this a 4 star because it reminded me of my father, now passed. It was a wonderful read anyway and did really enjoy reading about Kenya and her way of life, would have thought only in books could people live these lives but no it was her reality.

Just a funny bit of info.... my Father also had a girl-friend Pat from Kenya, hahaheh but dont think it was Pat Cavendish. Would love to meet her and chat, maybe soon in Cape Town.
Ingrid Walker
May 12, 2016 Ingrid Walker rated it really liked it
Most Interesting up close and personal portrayal of how some of the very rich live. Her mother lived at the top of the tree and had so much money she was free to follow her own passions plus those of her indulged children
Pat is a good writer, honest and open, and very adoring of her mother and brothers

I like the African connection
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