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Charles and Camilla Hardcover – 6 Oct 2005
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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.
The first substantial, authoritative biography of Charles and Camilla and their relationship --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Paperback.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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 Having said that, it is about a decade out of date now - so a new edition up to the present 2017 would add something extra for the reader.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One very boring, not very bright German born Prince. We English suffer the present Windsor's and they do not do themselves any favours. A life that is sordid and self indulged. Read morePublished 9 months ago by George Moore
Very hard to follow. Kept jumping back into history, With details of people one has never heard of.Published 21 months ago by POPPET
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