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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0718158652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718158651
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 4.4 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sally Bedell Smith offers her readers the illusion of knowing the queen as a friend (The Economist)

The book has much to recommend it, being extensively researched, fluently written and containing quite a lot of intriguing "new" information (The Telegraph)

A worthy addition to the shelves of royal watchers everywhere (Sunday Independent)

Incisive... well researched (Choice Magazine)

A thoroughly good read (Daily Mail)

About the Author

Sally Bedell Smith is the author of the bestselling biographies of Diana, Princess of Wales, John and Jacqueline Kennedy, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Pamela Churchill Harriman and Bill Paley. A contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 1996, she previously worked at Time and The New York Times, where she was a cultural news reporter. Sally is the mother of three children and lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Stephen.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Zoonie on 3 Mar. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Perhaps because of the author's strong American links, this is a fresh approach to a subject which has been well-visited and picked over by the hacks throughout the years. We are so used to the same old anecdotes being trotted out, relying on the writings of people such as Crawfie, of Robert Lacey and (more recently) of Margaret Rhodes. Plus of course all the oft- repeated rumours.

Ms Bedell Smith takes us places other 'biographers' do not. For example, I have long been curious about the Queen's private visit to America to a stud farm in Kentucky. How did a woman, used to a Palace and servants, adapt? Well, here is the answer. And it is entertaining to read. Also, I did not know before reading this that Her Majesty has made FIVE private visits to the USA. The hacks did not report it, perhaps because they did not know.

The author has a sure, light touch with language. This is no mere recital of facts.

Other biographies of the Queen in her Diamond Jubilee year are getting more publicity and more hype, but when the years roll past I bet it will be this book that stands out. Sadly too, it will become one of the standard texts that will be pillaged in the future by Royal 'experts.'
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Aliza on 25 May 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this biography. It is well laid out with brilliant information on Her Majesty's day to day life from birth right up to the present. A must for any royal enthusiast or just those wanting to find out more about the Queen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By margaret fenton on 9 Feb. 2012
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by far the best of this years books on the queen .does not repeat things that are already known
i had read sarah bradfords book and robert hardmans i found this to be the best
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By pmfroyal on 6 Mar. 2012
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Really enjoyed the read.
As an ardent Royalist all my life, there were details that I have never heard about. A lovely book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Assassin's Creed fan on 16 July 2012
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I'm not a Royalist but this book has shown me that the Queen is very likable. From a young age she was thrust into being Queen fully accepting of her role of ruling our country. From reading this book, Sarah Bedell Smith has shown me the Queen in a new light altogether. The strength of character the Queen has, the way she never flinches from her duties as our queen. she has my deepest respect and admiration. Even at the age of 86 the Queen s till has t hat same level of sr
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. F. Lang on 23 Feb. 2012
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This excellent royal book is a fitting tribute to the Queen in this her Diamond Jubilee year after sixty years of service on the throne.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ED Farr on 26 April 2012
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Don't let the proportions of this book put you off. The language is clear and easy to understand. It is a real page turner, your heart goes out to our Queen and all the things she has had to cope with over her years as our leader.

A good introduction to our monarchy and a good, fair insight into what happens behind the crown!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By richard wyatt on 16 Sept. 2013
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What a fantastic read, I have enjoyed every page of this book. This author certainly knows have to keep you gripped and interested. Fantastic!!!
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