The Real Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
A surprising and very personal biography of a woman who may be the world's last great queen, published to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of her reign
Elizabeth II, one of England's longest-reigning monarchs, is an enigma. In public, she confines herself to optimistic pieties and guarded smiles; in private, she is wry, funny, and an excellent mimic. Now, for the fi...more
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I didn't enjoy the writing. The author tended to be all over the place. He would move on to another subject and then come back and revisit a current one. For example, Marr kept coming back to his assertion that the Queen's audiences with her premiers were private ...more
The book is really about the role of the monarch, particularly the role that Elizabeth has chosen to pla ...more
The book rather than being set chronologically has been cleverly written in themes and this keeps the reader interested. I’m not ashamed to admit I am a passionate monarchist so you wont ...more
It's not like I didn't find it terribly interesting while I was reading it, but it hardly stands a chance of being prioritised in the Continuation Department when I'm surrounded by much more exciting books. And I doubt I'll be pushed deep enough into the murky depths of BIBALOERM (Boredom Induced By A Lack Of Exciting Reading Material), to ...more
My interest started because of "The Crown"
She is an amazing woman.
"Because nobody else visits the small places, cheering up people is a substantial part of her job."