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Charles and Camilla Hardcover – 6 Oct 2005

3.6 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Century; 1st Edition edition (6 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844138453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844138456
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 785,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"BOOK OF THE YEAR ... Riveting, gossipy and touching" (Mail on Sunday)

"Could this be the best book ever written about the Royal Family? ... A masterpiece." (Sunday Express)

"Utterly fascinating" (Andrew Marr, Start the Week)

"Highly accomplished ... there is much here to entertain and inform" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Completely fascinating - written by the man who really knows" (Richard and Judy) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Paperback.

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The first substantial, authoritative biography of Charles and Camilla and their relationship --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Paperback.

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Gyles Brandreth throws everything into this extensive and very detailed account of the long and winding relationship between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. Although only 321 pages, the very small text makes this something of a marathon read.

There are two major weaknesses with the book. First, there is far too much of a back-story into Charles and Camilla. At times it reads like a school history textbook tracing their respective family trees back through the generations. You literally need a notebook and pencil to record obscure and relatively unknown names, places and dates as Brandreth time travels backwards and forwards seemingly at will on an aristocratic magical mystery tour. In fairness, he could have condensed this historical journey into a much smaller section.

The second negative is that once out of the historical quagmire, Brandreth does not stick to a structured chronological description and analysis of the development of the relationship - he jumps backwards and forwards in time to drown the reader in oceans of information. Some of this is very interesting, but not all of it is.

However, he lays down a convincing argument that the story of Charles and Camilla is not one of lies, betrayal, cruelty and bad behaviour, but a classic fairy tale story of how a love affair and friendship lasted and grew through the decades. Brandreth certainly does his best to make Camilla look like a normal and friendly person, not the cunning and devious home-wrecker that some in the media paint her as.

Overall, this is one of the strongest books available about Charles and Camilla. Having said that, it is about a decade out of date now - so a new edition up to the present 2017 would add something extra for the reader.
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Amusing book
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Half of this book is interesting and entertaining, the other half is completely taken up with names, dates, biographical details etc at the end of each chapter. I ended up skipping the addenda which is half the book. Gyles Brandreth indulges in copious amounts of name dropping which is extremely tedious.
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I read this book on my kindle. I am not particularly interested but think Charles has a lot going for him. I confess I was never impressed by Diana as I thought she was too immature for the role of wife to the heir apparent. I thought she courted publicity for herself in a way that Camilla never has. Because of this, not much is known about Camilla and that, apart from enjoying Gyles Brandeth's writing, is what prompted me to download this book.
It is well written and exceedingly well researched. There is none of the 'sensationalism' that is normally found by anything written about Diana. It is non judgemental and full of history.
I enjoyed reading it, and decided from it's content, that if we are to continue with monarchy, Charles and Camilla will make a good job of being our next King and Queen.
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I wanted to read about this couple, their life, etc. what you get instead is a VERY boring description of how great grand parents and even older generations of both might have had a connection. Also the writer brags about closeness with royal family but in reality doesnt seem to know much as the book is more about historical research of their families than of them actually
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Some very interesting parts to this book but also an incredible amount of the history relating to each family which I found too much. It became boring with endless names and titles and I wonder if this was to just fill the book as there wouldn't have been enough otherwise to write a book about these two.
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Giles Brandreth spoilt a good story with far too much detail about family ancestries. I began to lose the plot about half way through! In my opinion the book needed brutal editing.
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Gyles Brandreth is undoubtedly a bit of a wally, but this book reads well: it's quite funny, seemingly well-researched and warm - but there are about twelve too many extraneous and gossipy facts as footnotes. Also it is very biased in favour of Charles and Camilla's relationship from the start - let's not forget that they started their relationship years before Charles met Diana and continued it throughout the marriage. The book paints Charles as a bit of an indecisive wimp, but basically a nice chap. The view of Camilla seems to be neutral - and although guilt on both their parts is assumed, it is glossed over with a vague notion that mistresses are just a part of royal history.

Surprised to see that Beryl Bainbridge gives it such an accolade on the cover - a pretty good book, but can't wipe the memory of Brandreth circa 1982, in a silly jumper, boring us to tears on the television.
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