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Our Queen [Paperback]

Robert Hardman
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Book Description

10 May 2012

The inside story of a thoroughly modern monarch told by the maker of ITV's upcoming documentary on Queen Elizabeth II's jubilee. This bestselling acclaimed biography of our Queen contains new material exclusive to the paperback edition.

History has known no monarch like her.

She has travelled farther than all her predecessors put together and lived longer than any of them. She has known more historic figures than anyone alive - from Churchill to Mandela, de Gaulle to Obama.

Now, the distinguished royal writer Robert Hardman has been granted rare and privileged access to the world of Queen Elizabeth II to produce this enthralling new portrait of one of the most popular public figures on Earth.

'So much has changed around the Queen yet she has remained utterly true to herself,' says Hardman. 'There is this timeless quality about her. The more you talk to Her Majesty's family and to her people, the more you look at her life, the more impressive the scale of her achievement becomes.'

Here is the inside story.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099551152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099551157
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The most important royal book for years" (Daily Mail)

"A gripping authoritative tour de force" (Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of JERUSALEM)

"Abounds with insights." (Mail on Sunday)

"Richly detailed" (Telegraph)

"Superbly well informed, witty and wise." (Evening Standard)

Book Description

The inside story of a thoroughly modern monarch told by the maker of ITV's upcoming documentary on Queen Elizabeth II's jubilee. This bestselling acclaimed biography of our Queen contains new material exclusive to the paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent History & Jubilee inspired Book 9 Oct 2012
By Mrs C TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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When I purchased this book, it was primarily as a gift for a friend in the USA, who is sooooooo interested and loyal to our Royal Family. He loves anything about them and I thought he would enjoy this book.

Whilst I did not read it cover to cover, given that it was a gift, I did dip in and out of it and found it to be very interesting indeed. There is a wealth of information within and gives a real insight into our Diamond Queen and her life.

It does make a great gift and a great book to have as part of our British heritage and the fact that our Queen is a huge part of the history of our Monarchy.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening and inspiring 30 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
I purchased this book as an Australian wanting to know more about our Queen. Well, I have gone from a person who thought of her as reserved and aloof to being an outstanding human being who has compassion and is just like you and I. A great book that is well written and easy to read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 23 Jan 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I thought it would be good to read a new book about the Queen in her diamond jubilee year. It must be difficult, after almost 60 years, to write anything new about her but the author has still managed to make the book interesting. It must also be difficult to write about this world famous Head of State who has never given an interview and who never publicly discloses what she really thinks. (How on earth does she do that?) To anybody who thinks that the Queen 'does nothing' and 'why do we need her?' I say, read this and you will find out. Robert Hardman has also managed to write about HM and her duties without 'fawning' over her: I do hate biographies which idolise the subject! 'Our Queen' was a really good read and I couldn't leave the book alone until I had finished it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down 22 Nov 2011
Format:Hardcover
This is a very good read it is well produced and the content was very interesting. I got it very quickly and while it is not something you would expect to find hard to put down it is in fact hard to put down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Gift Book that's hard to resist 22 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Hardman, Robert. Our Queen

I was rather put off by the cosy title, but found this popular book more and more compelling as it progressed. It’s a book not only of interest to royal watchers but the general reader.
It must be difficult for any researcher invited to peruse the royal family’s private papers and private lives to give an objective portrait, but Hardman does pretty well. Andrew Marr’s comprehensive though somewhat hagiographic account of the Queen’s life did the job well too, but Hardman’s book supplies an abundance of intimate detail and scores of glossy pictures that show a perpetually smiling monarch shaking hands with dignitaries, beaming at crowds, and just occasionally dutifully solemn in her robes.

This is a book for anyone who is remotely interested in what goes on, both on parade and backstage. The ceremonies and processions are meticulously detailed, the clothes, the carriages, the protocol, the cock-ups, right down to the sweepers of horse manure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Queen 12 Mar 2014
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Makes one proud to be English. If only more countries had a Monarch and Royal Family such as ours they would be truly blessed
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gift 5 Mar 2014
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What a lovely gift, especially as I'm to be honoured next month as a recipient of the Royal Maundy money. There are so many aspects of the Queen's life covered in this book and it's a thoroughly good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Our Queen 6 Feb 2014
By Denise
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Bought for mother in law who enjoys reading about the Royal family. It did not take her long to read this book as she found it a very enjoyable read
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I bought this book as a Christmas present for my Mum as that is what she has asked for & it does look like a lovely book, delivered promptly.
Published 8 months ago by Lorraine Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written
This is a well written account of what it is like to be a modern monarch.
Lots of detail which should sufficiently feed most peoples curiosities.
Published 10 months ago by Janie U
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Over the years I have read many books about the Royal Family and this ranks among the best.

It is well written and full of interesting anecdotes about life within the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. Lorna J. Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars A compliment for an incredible Lady
Her Majesty is not my Queen, yet I've held Her in deepest for ages. "Our Queen" satisfies my curiosity and lets my know, albeit not in person (pity! Read more
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Very, very detailed actually I have not completely finished it but hope to do so soon.Will give a further review later
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