Harold Nicolson called her 'the greatest Queen since Cleopatra', while Cecil Beaton called her 'a marshmallow made on a welding machine'. Stephen Tennant said: 'She looked everything that she was not: gentle, gullible, tenderness mingled with dispassionate serenity, cool, well-bred, remote. Behind this veil she schemed and vacillated, hard as nails.' Who is she? The Queen Mother's story has not yet been properly told. This is partly due to her long life, and the difficulty that always exists when a biography of a living person is attempted, partly because she is a queen - and the real person gets hidden behind the perceived image - and partly because she is hard to pin down. From her privileged aristocratic childhood, to the abdication and the problems with Diana - this book questions how she faces her challenges and crises, assess her role, how powerful she is, and how she cope. This is a candid, personal portrait of one of Britain's most loved national treasures. Hugo Vickers, an acknowledged expert on the House of Windsor, has spent seventeen years researching this book, and observed the Queen Mother in public and private over a period of forty years.
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'Masterly... The portrait... that [Vickers] gives us here is richly textured and judicious and I doubt will ever be bettered' -- Selina Hastings, Sunday Telegraph
'Witty and respectful… An overall portrait which may well be as close as anyone will ever get to the truth' -- Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
An authoritative and affectionate biography of the Queen Mother by a highly respected Royal biographer.
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Book Description Hutchinson. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0091800102
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