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This review is from: The Rise and Fall of the House of Windsor (Hardcover)
It was very interesting reading this book (published in 1993) from the perspective of 21 years later.
At the time of its writing, Lady Di was still very much alive (and kicking), the Queen had just had her "Annus Horribilis," and it looked to most people as if the monarchy was on the way out.
As I observed the warmth of public affection for the Queen at her Golden Jubilee, and the international appreciation of her James Bond stunt at the Olympics (currently about 4 million hits on youtube) it seemed clear that the institution is safe, at least until the present incumbent leaves us.
A N Wilson clearly believes this to be a good thing. I have always been rather of the same opinion myself, but it was nice to have one's gut feelings about constitutional monarchy backed up by incisive and intelligent arguments.
I love two things in particular about the author: his style is so immediate, fresh and down-to-earth, without ever becoming vulgar, and he is so fair-minded. The nearest he comes to a hatchet job is on the subject of the Queen Mother, whom he clearly disapproved of, mainly because she didn't share his forgiving understanding of human beings and their failings.
If you enjoy fascinating gossip, relayed with humour but without malice, you will love this book.