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Big Trouble is the true story of Margaret Elliott who inherited the toy company Airfix, lived in Mallorca enjoying yachts and the company of princes, and was intimately connected with a 1960s scandal, second only to the Profumo affair, involving an Oscar-winning star, dodgy films and rotten sausages. Having hosted Mallorca’s biggest ever party, which included a tightrope a Big Trouble is the true story of Margaret Elliott who inherited the toy company Airfix, lived in Mallorca enjoying yachts and the company of princes, and was intimately connected with a 1960s scandal, second only to the Profumo affair, involving an Oscar-winning star, dodgy films and rotten sausages. Having hosted Mallorca’s biggest ever party, which included a tightrope act over her pool filled with sharks, Margaret went round the world to do a bit of business, on the way delaying the opening of India’s parliament and, according to her, the Apollo moon shot. When sharks in human form eventually got her, she took up painting for which she was eulogised by the film director Federico Fellini. Written by Margaret’s son, a former actor and psychotherapist, Big Trouble spans the heights and depths of his family through the 20th century with both humour and pathos.


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Big Trouble is the true story of Margaret Elliott who inherited the toy company Airfix, lived in Mallorca enjoying yachts and the company of princes, and was intimately connected with a 1960s scandal, second only to the Profumo affair, involving an Oscar-winning star, dodgy films and rotten sausages. Having hosted Mallorca’s biggest ever party, which included a tightrope a Big Trouble is the true story of Margaret Elliott who inherited the toy company Airfix, lived in Mallorca enjoying yachts and the company of princes, and was intimately connected with a 1960s scandal, second only to the Profumo affair, involving an Oscar-winning star, dodgy films and rotten sausages. Having hosted Mallorca’s biggest ever party, which included a tightrope act over her pool filled with sharks, Margaret went round the world to do a bit of business, on the way delaying the opening of India’s parliament and, according to her, the Apollo moon shot. When sharks in human form eventually got her, she took up painting for which she was eulogised by the film director Federico Fellini. Written by Margaret’s son, a former actor and psychotherapist, Big Trouble spans the heights and depths of his family through the 20th century with both humour and pathos.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Ronnie Cramer

    The author has written a bittersweet (though mostly bitter) biography of his mother, who was something of a minor celebrity in Europe during the 1960s. It's interesting here and there, but to be honest: a couple of online searches got me more than enough information about any of this. The author has written a bittersweet (though mostly bitter) biography of his mother, who was something of a minor celebrity in Europe during the 1960s. It's interesting here and there, but to be honest: a couple of online searches got me more than enough information about any of this.

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