Other People's Rules by Julia Hamilton

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Katie Gresham's birthday was celebrated in style. Her parents, the famous musician and his American heiress wife, had restored the family's Scottish estates to perfection, attracting local landowners and friends, urban socialites and politicians to the society ball. Three months later Katie disappears without a trace.In the neighboring estate lives the Gatehouse family. Earl Gatehouse, a government spokesman in the House of Lords, famous for his wealth, ancient title, and social brilliance, is known also for his fragile artist wife and four glamorous children.Both families live in aloof, almost feudal splendor. Celebrated in magazines and society pages, they are confident that even if one of them goes beyond what the rest of society finds acceptable, their connections will make them virtually untouchable.But twenty years later, Katie's body is discovered, and Earl Gatehouse finds himself on trial for murder. The witness on whom the Crown's case will rely is Lucy Diamond, a onetime friend of his youngest daughter, an outsider to their privileged world, who had come to stay that year of the birthday ball.Julia Hamilton brilliantly evokes this world of the elite-the arrogance and the fun, the sometimes violent behavior masked as eccentricity, and above all the sense of belonging-which makes the privileged think they are exempt from society's rules.

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Julie Hamilton is an intuitive therapist, columnist, author, and TV presenter. She has been the Destiny Editor for Woman's Day - the biggest national weekly magazine in the country and the Editor of a national magazine for children aged 8-12 years. She has also been a regular guest on both 2DAYFM and NOVA radio. Currently you can read her blog and features for Woman's Weekly online magazine. Julie works extensively with children, teenagers and adults, one-on-one and in seminar, as an intuitive therapist, to help them uncover their personal passion, so they can live their dreams, build their self esteem, explore their creativity and achieve their highest potential. She believes that being able to access our inherent intuition is the key to personal happiness and fulfillment, and that we can teach ourselves and our kids how to do this by using simple techniques. As a journalist and a health professional she has written about children, families and the issues they face for eight years in three best-selling publications including, Australia's Parents, Mother & Baby and Practical Parenting magazine. When she's not writing, teaching or speaking, Julie looks after her greatest inspiration, her two beautiful and very noisy boys.
Published January 1, 2000 by HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LTD. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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The plot unfolds in backstory, through the memories of narrator Lucy Diamond, who is 15 when she first meets anorexic hell-raiser Lady Sarah Anwoth at an exclusive all-girls school where Lucy's mother is the housemistress.

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