King's Counsellor Abdication and War: The Diaries of Sir Alan Lascelles
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King's Counsellor Abdication and War: The Diaries of Sir Alan Lascelles

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Tommy Lascelles' never-before-published diaries paint a vivid picture of the past—from Edward VIII's abdication to George VI's death and his daughter Elizabeth's Coronation. In between lies an enormous range of events, including World War II as seen from Lascelles' point of view as private secretary to the Royal Family, the Princess Margaret-Peter Townsend affair, and the...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Orion Publishing
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Feb 15, 2010 Elizabeth rated it 5 of 5 stars
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As a scion of the Harwood family and proud of his lineage, Alan Lascelles probably came across as something of an old school stuffed shirt. This book shows that he was anything but.

Beautifully written, King's Counsellor is largely made up of his war time diary and letters written after 1946 until his death. The picture that Lascelles paints of serving the King and trials and tribulations of wartime are vivid. He says little about the King - he was certainly discreet in that department, but some...more

Picked this one up on a whim in the library. Well, I say that, but the size of this tome, it took quite deliberate effort to pick it up. It is huge and the writing is quite small. It's also a 'proper' diary in that it's not written every day, some days have lots of detail and insight and others consist literally of which birds the author spotted that day.

It was very obvious that there wasn't going to be anything salacious in this book: it had the approval of Her Majesty to be published. I also p

Robert Boyle
I have just finished 'King's Counsellor - the diaries of Sir Alan Lascelles', the private secretary to King George VI. Very good, and as with other writers' diaries/letters find many of the last entries very poignant. Also with this fellow, after a life of tact and prudence with his work, he allows himself to become just a bit risqué towards the end. There is this entry:

'The leaf-sweeping season is in full swing, but I can't rake for very long at a time nowadays. Winter draws on, as the curate s...more
Interesting. I considered starring it down based on his misspelt rudeness about Peter Fraser (stemming from an apparent constitutional inability to judge Labour politicians on their merits), but decided that was unfair.
Lisa Hayes
Aug 20, 2009 Lisa Hayes rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: British history fans
Too bad he was so "discreet"....Still well worth it.
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