Lord Lucan: My Story

Saturday, November 27, 2010

William Coles’ superbly constructed novel explores the harrowing events of 1974 and proves itself to be worthy of crime fiction status as it delves into the mind of the notorious Lord Lucan. The book is entitled ‘Lord Lucan: My Story’ a deceiving title that plays contentedly on the ‘mystery’ surrounding the controversial old Etonian Earl.

Originally recognised as the ‘editor’ of the book, William Coles sets his readers up with the chilling tale of the accidental murder of Sandra Rivett, orchestrated in Belgravia. This travesty not only dominated the country’s headlines for years to come, but was also one which was ultimately going to lead to one of the longest manhunts of British history.

Although the first person narrative is based on true events, Coles states that any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. A bit tongue in cheek, don’t you think? The accurate descriptions of Lucky Lucan and the Clermont Club leave little to the imagination whilst the internal monologue of Lord Lucan attempts to reveal the motives behind his crimes. However, the lines between reality and fiction of course become blurred and so one is left only to believe what the author wishes them to accept.  Lord Lucan moved to Goa, adopted a life of heroin addiction and never again made contact with Great Britain. Or so the author would have you believe as Coles firmly sets out to convince his readers that he is merely the editor, left in charge of a mass of papers recovered from a vault at a leading London Solicitors firm. William Coles follows Lucan’s decline through humanity, from Etonian Peer to a drug addled senior, haunted by his actions and doomed to a life of solitary existence.

It must be said that the light cast on Sir Jimmy Goldsmith is not kind and echoes back to the Etonian rivalry between himself and Lord Lucan. The gamblers often come head to head and although it would seem that Goldsmith attempts to help the runaway, Coles implies that darker ulterior motives were present.

Contrastingly, John Aspinall is held as shining beacon of hope for the condemned protagonist as he successfully assists his childhood friend in whichever way possible. The zoologist takes an anthropological interest in his companion, becoming one of the unsung heroes of this tragedy.

This book would satisfy any person who is thrilled by a conspiracy theory, and William Coles really has done his research. All of Lucan’s internal monologues are strategically divulged and meticulously unveiled to present a man of little worth who was desperate to claim his children from the ex-wife he no longer loved.

For more info on this book head over to http://www.lordlucan.org/

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