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Mrs. King: The Life & Times of Isabel Mackenzie King

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Mrs. King is the superbly told story of a woman lost in the shadows of Canadian history. Daughter of William Lyon Mackenzie and mother of Canada’s longest-serving prime minister, Isabel Mackenzie King was intimately involved in the changing political and social landscape of Canada. Yet we have known very little about her.

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Hardcover, 386 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Viking Books
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Heidi
Aug 02, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The theatrics of politics are well grounded by the point of view of this Mrs. King. Valuable as a historical piece, yet intimate and entertaining, this work is a 'widely read piece'. A great stage where all of the performance values are so close that you smell modest Toronto history, almost tripping over a broken floorboard, or pricking yourself with a needle (and thread). The life of King runs through the niceties and anxiety of the family life in extraordinary -- yet very ordinary-- terms, wit ...more
rabbitprincess
Oct 20, 2011 rabbitprincess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Canadian history buffs
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: grandma and mum
We gave this one to my grandma for Christmas one year. She read it, liked it, loaned it to my mum, who read it and liked it, then I took a turn with it and liked it as well. Plenty of fascinating facts and a new perspective on Mackenzie King. We also visited Kingsmere around the time that the book was making the rounds of our household, and it was interesting to see in person things we'd read about. Recommended for Canadian history buffs.

This book is also on the Canada Reads 2012 longlist.
Joan Cameron
May 18, 2015 Joan Cameron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Charlotte Gray for a fascinating peak into life in Victorian Canada & the early 20th century. I wish history had been this interesting in my school days.
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Charlotte Gray is one of Canada’s best-known writers, and author of eight acclaimed books of literary non-fiction. Born in Sheffield, England, and educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, she began her writing career in England as a magazine editor and newspaper columnist. After coming to Canada in 1979, she worked as a political commentator, book reviewer and magazine col ...more
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