The Danes of Send Manor: The Life, Loves and Mystery of Gordon Stewart

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Set in England in the first half of the twentieth century, The Danes of Send Manor is both the biography of legendary entrepreneur Gordon Stewart and a fascinating history of the magnificent Send Great Danes. Stewart had his start in aviation and motorcars, and soon built a vast industrial empire with his associate William Morris. His greatest ambition, however, was the construction of the world's best kennel. His vision was realised at Send Manor, in Surrey, an elaborate Swiss-style park that became home to 500 Great Danes! Stewart's purchase of London's famous Strand Theatre brought actors and other artists into his life - the glamorous and the amorous. This captivating book, illustrated throughout with wonderful period photographs, unravels the tale of Stewart's exciting world and the colourful players in it; figures such as William Morris, Malcolm Campbell, Gracie Fields and painter Augustus John, and relationships that included a close friendship with the King and romantic encounters with.. let's just say he had some interesting beneficiaries. Read this rich and often startling story. Essential reading for all dog lovers and Great Dane enthusiasts.

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Robert Heal's previous book, He Whacked the Bloody Lot, was the highly praised biography of judge and breeder Bill Siggers. Since 1970 Heal has been an international dog judge specializing in Great Danes. His assignments have taken him throughout Europe and North America, and south to Australia and South Africa. He has judged such prestigious competitions as the Great Dane Club of America National Specialty and Britain's Crufts. He has also been a successful Dane breeder, winning Best in Breed, All Breeds, in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. He is the only Canadian ever to win the Great Dane Club of America National Specialty. He lives with his wife, Shirley, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

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