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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and easy to read, 17 Mar 2002
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This is an in depth and informative book which at the same time remains very easy to read and enjoyable. It looks at Elizabeth's relationship with her family, husband, children, the Windsors, her advisors and her Prime Ministers and gives you an insight into Elizabeth as an individual. It gives you an indication of what has shaped her, what interests her and helps the reader understand her behaviour during the more difficult periods of her reign. This is about as intimate a biography as can be possible given Elizabeth's status and career and Sarah Bradford does a good job.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading, 9 May 2002
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Its fluent and personal style makes excellent reading; the historical context is fascinating and personal issues are treated discreetly but openly. A must for everyone interested in Her Majesty, her life, her job, her background and british history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 30 May 2014
This review is from: Elizabeth: A Biography of Her Majesty the Queen (Penguin Literary Biographies) (Kindle Edition)
Having already enjoyed Sarah Bradford's biography of Jaqueline Kennedy, "America's Queen", I had little hesitation in getting this when I saw it in great condition in a charity shop. Mine is a paperback (1997), but at the current price it's also great value as an e-book.

Just like the bio of the former first lady, it's well researched and substantial, packing in over 530 pages in my paperback. As well as giving much of the background to the earlier period of the Queen's life and reign, there are many details about most of the main events of the middle to late 20th century - including much of the politics.

There are some drawbacks. Much as I like Bradford's work, she is what I call a commercial historian; she will tell some truths, but will happily exclude others. The book is also biased towards her Majesty. On page 243 Bradford calls the Queen "personally the least self-important of women", and that is pretty much the whole tone of the book: reverential.

The book also disparages Edward VIII as a "bad apple" (I am not sure why) and is not very sympathetic to the Queen's childhood governess, Marian Crawford who published a book about her time raising the Queen and her sister, The Little Princesses: The Story Of The Queen's Childhood By Her Nanny Crawfie. We had to be told that her marriage failed after she left her job at the Palace; as if the Royal Family are role models for the rest of us! (We know Prince Philip has been doing it with high-class hookers since the 1940s.)

Readers should note that the book (at least my paperback edition) finishes in 1997, so it leaves out one of the most important events in the Queen's reign, the death of Princess Diana. This is helpful because at least Bradford didn't have to deal with books like The Murder of Princess Diana. Bradford did happily ignore books like DOPE INC (written in 1978) which alleges (with much evidence)that the Royal Family are centre-stage in international narcotics. "Elizabeth II: Queen of the Drug Dealers". Now that's a book I'd like to read.

A.M.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth a biography of the queen, 30 Oct 2014
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This review is from: Elizabeth: A Biography of Her Majesty the Queen (Penguin Literary Biographies) (Kindle Edition)
Excellent read I love these books didn't want to put it down
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 24 Dec 2011
This is an exceptionally well researched and written biography of Her Majesty the Queen. It is by far the best biography I have read of her. It should be read alongside Ben Pimlott's biography of the Queen.
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