Anthony Russell, author of Outrageous Fortune, describes himself as lucky with lineage. Growing up at Leeds Castle, he says, “Money, and lots of it, appeared to grow on trees, especially those which adorned the Leeds Castle parkland. Ancestors with glowing titles and extraordinary accomplishments filled the history books, but there would be consequences for being handed everything of a material nature on a plate, with no clear indication of what one might be expected to do with such good fortune.” Anthony’s life of privilege and luxury was matched with the fear of breaking one of the unwritten rules of the Castle Way. Outrageous Fortune is filled with funny and poignant stories from a world that many of us will never experience.
In this edition, host Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Anthony Russell about his new memoir, Outrageous Fortune.
““What’s it like living in a place like this?”
The question came as a surprise. I couldn’t recall anybody asking me something similar, certainly none of my other friends from school… However, because Richard was so open himself, I answered him straightforwardly, if a little self-consciously. “We don’t strictly speaking live here. We come for weekends, but during the holidays I am here a lot. It’s got everything but, if truth be told, I feel a little isolated from time to time. It’s like being in a cocoon where every conceivable luxury is provided but no one knows you’re there. And when you step out into the big wide world you find yourself a little… I don’t know… unprepared. Don’t get me wrong, I know what a lucky bugger I am to have grown up with all this… sometimes, though, I wonder…””