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The Untold Life of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hardcover – 23 Apr 2012

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Dynasty Press; 1st Edition edition (23 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956803814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956803818
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lady Colin Campbell has for the last four decades been a pre-eminent figure in international society and a fixture in gossip columns in the UK and the US as well as being a writer respected for her accuracy, outspokenness and fearless courage. Connected to the Royal Family through mutual ancestors and marriage, she is the author of the London Times and New York Times bestseller Diana in Private (1992) and the acclaimed posthumous The Real Diana, as well as several other successful books, some royal, others not. An attractive and articulate television presence who has retained the looks which made her a supermodel in the late 60s/ early 70s, she has over the years been a frequent contributor to all the major television channels on both sides of the Atlantic, including CNN, Fox TV, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Japanese TV, ITV and the BBC. Her list of royal scoops is second to none. It was she who first revealed that Diana had an eating disorder; a psychiatric history; would be separated, then divorced; and would lose her royal title, amongst other firsts. She is frequently credited by publications worldwide with having written the best of all the Diana biographies, of which the following People Magazine quote is typical: Some Palace watchers note that she has an impressive roster of well-placed contacts and credit her with writing the most believable Diana biography. She lives with her two sons in London and frequently visits the south of France, where the family has a chateau. She is a noted dog and cat lover whom the journalist Lynn Barber said is the greatest gossip since Pepys; and Jenny Johnson of the Daily Mail claims she is the most entertaining person alive.

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(EMPRESS BIANCA) BY Campbell, Lady Colin(Author)Paperback Sep-2008To quote from Lynn Barber's article Palace Indiscretions in the Sunday Times Magazine for which she interviewed the author after reading her book on the Queen Mother:- "I am always a bit reluctant to dismiss Lady Colin's assertions since her Princess Diana book. In 1992 she published Diana in Private which said, among other things, that the princess suffered from bulimia, had had an affair with James Hewitt, and was at war with her husband. How ridiculous, the world chorused, and who was this frightful woman making these ludicrous claims? And then a few months later along came Andrew Morton making the same claims, and gradually the world learned that they were all true. And it was Lady Colin, not Morton, who first put them in print......Lady Colin's aristocratic gossip is always fascinating........I believe her; I admire her; buy her book." In this well-written and highly readable book there are more than 12 pages of Chapter Notes detailing her sources - the Royal Archives and the Glamis Archives feature quite prominently - as well as a couple of royal family trees which are always useful in a biography. I thought the long chapter on the Abdication, detailing the roles played by the Queen Mother and her ally the Archbishop of Canterbury, Cosmo Lang, to be particularly fascinating, as were the accounts of her dealings with her daughters and their governess and with their husbands in later life. I see that recently in America this book reached the New York Times Best Seller List....
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I thoroughlly enjoyed this book. It is full of information and continuously holds your attention.

It is well written, although I have to say I felt a bit bogged down at times when explaining how the European Royal family was related to the English one, with lots of names floating around.

This book gives a very detailed account of The Queen Mother, and I have to say she came across as a rather manipulative and very spitefull individual. Also this book casts a different slant to the run up and subsequent events after the abdication which I found fascinating. Her intereference into other peoples lives and the way she despatched them once they fell out of favour was staggering (even her own flesh and blood).

Certainly a book worth reading if you are interested in the Royal Family and its history.

Would certainly recommend, though beware this book is very heavy.
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I was instantly drawn to this title after reading a scathing and hostile review from an obvious believer in the Dear Old Queen Mum school, who was determined to believe that anything negative about her late majesty belonged in the realms of high sceptism and fantasy. Having long ago deduced from a wide variety of other sources that the public persona of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon/Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was a very false one, Lady Colin Campbell's new and highly controversial biography in all it's fascinating and penetrative detail was a totally compelling, superbly written book that should for once and for all explode the sugarsweet image of a tough, ruthless, ambitious and vindictive lady.
Many will, doubtless, contend that the author's statements are unbelievable - but they not only ignore her excellent sources, but that truth is very often stranger than fiction.
Many books have been written about the late Queen Mother, but in my view Lady Colin Campbell has produced the definitive biography that strips its subject of the tinsel, hypocrisy and media hype - it is a real page turner. But if you are an uncritical Royal-lover, I'm afraid you'll hate it.
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Following on a good deal of tantalising and half-clarified newspaper gossip, this book was finally published in April 2012 and seems to have had so little publicity that I myself discovered it only in October but my goodness, was it worth the wait!

In the first place it is grippingly written, with the speed - and, often, the heart-jumping unexpectedness - of a roller-coaster ride. In the second place, the quantity of material included is astonishing. In the third place (and here, I realise, I contradict some other reviewers) it appears to be well-referenced. The references are very often to such sources as private conversations or letters which would be unavailable to the general reader, but I have yet to hear of referees (or their families) who are coming forward to contradict them.

Some commentators are alleging this extraordinary work is a product of the author's imagination and all I can say is, if that is so, Lady Colin Campbell must be a second Dickens and a second Conan Doyle rolled into one. Nobody, but nobody, could have made this lot up.

I don't want to spoil later readers' pleasure in her book by detailing the surprises it contains. All I will say (and again, in contradiction of some other reviewers) is that nothing in this book, in any way at all, has reduced my loyalty to our Royal family. I admire them as much as I ever did but am conscious, now, of an extra dimension of human interest, affection and respect. Many other readers, surely, will feel as I do.

All honour to the Royals, all honour to the authoress - and my thanks to her for this wonderful roller-coaster of a read.
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