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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; New edition edition (21 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750934689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750934688
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Van der Kiste read Librarianship at Ealing Technical College, where he edited the student librarian journal Stamp Out. The author of over fifty books, including historical and royal biography, popular music, true crime, local history, plays and fiction, he has also contributed articles to and reviewed books and records for local and national publications, was a consultant to the BBC documentary 'The King, the Kaiser and the Tsar', and is a contributor to 'Oxford Dictionary of National Biography' and 'Guinness Rockopaedia'. He lives in Devon. His latest titles are 'The Big Music Quiz Book', 'The Prussian Princesses', 'Prince Henry of Prussia' and an updated paperback edition of 'Roy Wood'. He is currently working on further historical and musical titles for 2015, including a biography of Jeff Lynne and ELO, as well as revising several titles currently available only on Kindle for CreateSpace Print on Demand.

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John Van der Kiste is a well-known and respected Royal writer, whose publications include Xenia, Princess Victoria Melita, Dearest Vicki, Darling Fritz and the Georgian Princesses.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Andrew D. Scobie on 26 May 2008
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On the whole I enjoyed reading this book. The author was sucessful in maintaining my interest throughout and by and large the text was readable.
However I agree with fellow reviewers that the focus of the book is primarily directed at Edward VIII and George VI, particularly in the later chapters. I read the book, as I was interested mainly in exploring the lives and characters of the younger children, sadly they are often treated as an afterthought and not afforded the attention they deserve in a text concerning the lives of all George Vs children which was disappointing.
The ending of the book is very abrupt and the author fails to provide a summary of the issues discussed. Although such a thing may be deemed unnecessary in a book that sets out to tell the story of the lives of George Vs children, it would aid the reader in linking together the knowledge they have acquired from reading the book.
In common with fellow reviewers the slapdash proof reading caught my eye too. As well as spelling errors, incorrect names and dates are present in the text. Any future editions should be thoroughly proof read.
Overall an interesting but limited account of the lives of George Vs children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. H. M. Smith on 8 Sept. 2012
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I was very pleased with this book despite reading other reviews before buying it. Yes it's full of typos but you can make out what the word should be as you read the book so only a minor proofreading error. I was very glad to read information about the characters and lives of all 6 children, not just the Duke of Windsor and King George VI. You also get an insight into George V and Queen Marys' background especially with the influence of Queen Victoria when she was still alive.

I would highly recommend this book especially as there aren't many books written about the royal family between Queens Victoria and Elizabeth II.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Hisame on 6 Dec. 2006
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Not only is this book somewhat rushed and you are given the feeling almost as if the author ran out of enthusiam but it seems that whoever he got to proof read it also ran out of enthusiam - what could have been a very interesting book is turned into a GCSE History paper full of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. I am disapointed with Van Der Kist as I expect more from his work.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Hughes on 28 July 2011
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I have read books from this author before and each i do i vow not to buy any more but i always do as he writes about subjcts i am interested in.
I have two main gripes about this book.
Firstly the author is always very biased towards the royal family and in my opinion writes everything through rose coloured glasses.
They cannot do any wrong in his eyes. He writes how Queen Mary is often accused of neglecting and hiding away their son John who was epileptic, he goes on to say how this is not true as she did visit him from time to time when their duties allowed.
If this is not negecting a young child i don't know what is. Call a spade a spade.
Secondly the book mainly focuses on the two elder brothers, the abdication and the life of Edward with Wallis Simpson whilst just giving lip service to the other siblings.
I think the book would have ben more accurate if it had been titled The life of Edward and Wallis Simpson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guido Kuwas on 21 Feb. 2014
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I enjoyed reading this book because it was very informative and entertaining. I would recommend it to all who want to know more about the British monarchy. However, there are many glaring spelling mistakes in this Kindle edition and I call upon the author to revise this book to correct these.
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By Historian on 10 May 2014
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I feel the book was written in the way the Royal Family wished. Do we all think that Edward VIII was determined to abdicate? Perhaps the Duchess of York had already decided that if she couldn't marry the Prince of Wales, the Duke of York should strangely become king. The weird circumstances surrounding the death of Prince George, Duke of Kent is not examined although it remains one of the most suspicious removals of yet another troubled son of George V and Queen Mary. The Duke of Gloucester is almost written out as is Princess Mary and the tragedy of Prince John hardly explained.

The author cannot say a good word about Wallis Simpson even as Duchess of Windsor, no woman can be as black as Van der Kiste paints her,some comments are surely from his own imagination.

A very skewed version of all members of the family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By British bobby on 31 Mar. 2012
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A fascinating read, although it focuses unsurprisingly on Edward VIII and George VI. I thought there'd be more equal sections on each of the children - John barely gets a page.

And whoever did the spell checking needs a slap.
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