Lisa Shafer's Reviews > The Real Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II

The Real Elizabeth by Andrew Marr
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Feb 01, 12

bookshelves: biography, non-fiction
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Perhaps it was because this book was an ARC that I received, but I was unimpressed with the poor quality of the paper and the total lack of photos. I was not expecting a coffee-table book by any means, but a biography of a woman of 85 years ought to contain at least a few photos, I think.
The info seems solid, if the references are a bit sketchy ("a friend"). Marr's narrative voice is very simple, with nothing scholarly-sounding. The book should scare off no one, as it reads more like a gossip column in a newspaper than like a biography. Nevertheless, it still gives a thorough picture of the Queen.
I would definitely recommend it to people with an interest in the subject matter; it's really quite a decent biography (in spite of the lack of photos).
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