Campbell, Liza. A Charmed Life: Growing Up in Macbeth's Castle.
6 words: Charmed or cursed? Fairytale turns nightmare.
Well, of course, when I saw this autobiographical work about growing up in Cawdor Castle, I was unable to resist.
Liza Campbell recounts her family history, dwelling on the problems experienced by her father Hugh, the 25th Thane of Cawdor, and the impact of his behavior on immediate family members. Witty, dry, and exceptionally unsentimental, Campbell tells of Hugh's descent into alcohol, drugs, and sexual adventures that coincide with greater and greater instability, verbal abuse, and domestic violence at home.
Although a sorry tale of privilege abused, Campbell tells a compellingly readable and strangely entertaining tale of Hugh's decline and his family's attempts to survive his many betrayals.
Nonfiction. Autobiography/ Memoir. 2007. 321 pages.