01 November 2023, The Tablet

Richer than the Queen


 

You May Never See Us Again: The Barclay Dynasty – A Story of Survival, Secrecy and Succession
JANE MARTINSON
(PENGUIN BUSINESS, 320 PP, £25)
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This is a truly extraordinary story. You may think you knew it already: the ­mirror twins (one left-handed, one right-) whose lives were a reflection of one another for 80 years – until, that is, the mirror cracked. The brothers, David (hair parted on the left) and Frederick (hair parted on the right), who did everything together, who made it from the rags of poverty to the riches of Croesus; from the rough streets of Fulham to that icon of materialistic ambition, the ownership of the Ritz. Those secretive twins who bought an island to protect their privacy and then fell out so fundamentally that the dirty linen of the whole family’s finances was washed in the High Court and aired in the press. Well, whatever you thought beforehand, you didn’t know the half of it.

 

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