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Paperback – 4 Apr 2013
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A well-written account of the Queen's early life. (THE LADY)
An airy, affectionate and anecdotal account of Princess Lilibet's upbringing and ascension to the throne. (THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
Fascinating insights into Elizabeth's relationship with her sister also make this a worthwhile, enjoyable read. (THE DAILY TELEGRAPH)
This is an accomplished history, told with literary grace and intellectual confidence. (BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE)
It is a fascinating story (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)
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Kate Williams writes in a confident and flowing way, her phraseology is easy to read but meticulously researched. There are no turgid passages to bog the reader down and give up in frustration. Perhaps there is a little rush at the end almost as if it was trying not to be too long but finding a place to stop a little difficult.
The story throws a new perspective on her relationship with her parents and sister, and a completely new view of the abdication of Edward VIII and the consequences for our Queen. The book was for me a key to unlock a whole new series of doors, I want to find out more, expand on particular incidents, a missing part of my historical education.
So if, like me, you are a post war baby you are bound to discover something new within its covers. However, this is a book for all ages, lively and fresh Ms Williams presents our monarch through the eyes of someone to whom this is history rather than cosy familiarity.
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