Elizabeth, The Queen Mother

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9780091800109: Elizabeth, The Queen Mother

An authoritative and affectionate biography of the Late Queen Mother.

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s life spanned the entire 20th century and through that century she witnessed decades of dramatic change, not least within her own family. Following her carefree and untroubled childhood she stepped into the public domain as the wife of a king, where she triumphed with her stoic support of the monarchy and her country and, after her husband’s death, with her oldest daughter Queen Elizabeth II, she remained a key player in the unfolding drama of Britain’s Royal Family.

The book is published to coincide with the third anniversary of the Queen Mother’s death.

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Hugo Vickers is an acknowledged expert on the Royal Family. His books include Alice, Princess Andrew of Greece, The Private World of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Cecil Beaton, Vivien Leigh, Loving Garbo, and The Kiss which won the 1996 Stern Silver Pen for non-fiction.

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"A bulging plum pudding of insider snippets in the Cecil Beaton tradition, with camp and catty asides laced with worldly wisdom... Vickers has done serious research in some important areas" -- Robert Lacey * Sunday Times * "This is the first full-length biography - and who better to write it than Hugo Vickers... He is at home in the courtier's world and the circles which the Queen Mother inhabited... A very considerable achievement" -- Sarah Bradford * Spectator * "A major new biography... Filled with telling anecdotes, it paints an affectionate yet revealing portrait" * Daily Mail * "There is a small handful of British royal biographies which have acquired classic status... To this number must certainly be added Hugo Vickers's life of Elizabeth the Queen Mother. It is a truly magnificent book... Written with true authority. Hugo Vickers knows his subject through and through... A monumental record of why we all found the Queen Mother such a loveable and inspiring person, and why her pluck and her humour appealed to so wide a public" -- A.N. Wilson * Country Life * "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 *

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