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Borrow, do not buy,
This review is from: The Diamond Queen: Elizabeth II and Her People (Hardcover)To anyone thinking of buying this, I would advise that they instead borrow it from a library because if you are interested enough to read a book like this, then you will already know most of what is in it. There are no new insights.
Sorry, but I feel as if I have read a lot of this before, from several sources, but especially Robert Lacey's excellent MAJESTY, written for the Silver Jubilee, which is heavily relied on for many of the anecdotes that appear here, inevitably inviting comparison. It has to be said that Lacey's use of language is defter, subtler and altogether smoother than Andrew Marr's.
As a Scot, Mr Marr will be familiar with the expression 'cauld kale rehet' (cold cabbage re-heated).
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Hils T says:
Cold cabbage reheated makes delicious "bubble and squeak" and if Mr Marr has recycled facts from previous volumes, they may still be new to some people picking up this book. Oh yes - and since "Majesty" (which I read at the time) was written for the Silver Jubilee, excellent book though it was, it covered less than half the Queen's reign and is 35 years out of date!
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