The Queen: A Biography of Elizabeth II
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The Queen: A Biography of Elizabeth II

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The definitive and most authoritative biography of Queen Elizabeth II, written by Britain's most respected political biographer--who had unprecedented access from Buckingham Palace to those close to the queen. New sources include the unpublished diaries of Jock Colville, who served as private secretary to both Churchill and Elizabeth, as well as interviews with Princess Ma...more
Paperback, 672 pages
Published September 18th 1998 by John Wiley & Sons (first published October 7th 1996)
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Megan S
I started out thinking this was just going to be the biography pf one woman who, by remarkable coincidence and high birth, came to rule the end of an Empire and is now the longest ruling British monarch. However, Pimlott makes this book so much more than that.

This book is about the Queen, yes. But, it is also about the way in whihc she is the product of literary and media tropes and never without their framing influence in the public eye. It is also about the many changes that faced a nation in...more
This book is fantastic. It connects Queen Elizabeth to the political place of the Monarchy in Britain as it has evolved, it highlights the growth and her role in the Commonwealth and through this Pimlott is able to shed light on Elizabeth's elusive personality. It's well-worth the read and gave me a greater respect for the Monarchy's role in Britain and Queen Elizabeth's political role.

I've added this to my favourites shelf because even though it can be dry at times, it definitely gave me a much...more
One of the best biographies I've read in the past decade. A fascinating look at Her Majesty's reign.
One of its most enjoyable aspects is that it examines Queen Elizabeth the monarch, the constitutional challenges she's had to face and adapt to, her unbending adherence to duty and the incredible transformations the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth have gone through since 1952.

Highly recommend it!
I originally started this book when I had nothing else to read and did not expect to get into it. Much better than I originally thought, but I don't have a good gasp of post WW2 British history. I found myself turning to other books to read instead and eventually gave up before I had finished half of it.
I picked this book up for .50 cents at my local library book sale a few months ago - I started reading it recently (before the royal wedding) and so is very good. An interesting biography/glimpse into the past of Elizabeth's childhood, coronation and wedding. Will update when finished reading.
I did like this, although at times it got bogged down with political detail, which is always a way of ensuring that I will start to switch off.
I unfortunatly ran out of time in redaing this book, so did not finish, but if you are intrested in royalty, this would be a intresting book.
Although I really wanted to read this it was a book that was too fact filled for me.

I need to find my first "can't put it down" book of 2012. Wish me luck!
A really interesting biography that I've read for school. There was so much more than meets the eye about Queen Elizabeth II.
Nowhere near as extensive as the recent books by Andrew Marr and Robert Hardman. Worth re-reading though for comparison.
Terry Gilbert
Well-researched bio of reigning monarch from centre left academic.
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