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The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1: Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill, and the Making of a Young Queen (1947-1955)

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The official companion to the critically acclaimed Netflix drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, The Crown by Peter Morgan, featuring additional historical background and exclusive images.

Starring Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and John Lithgow as Winston Churchill, Netflix's original series The Crown, created by Peter Morgan and growing out of his Oscar-winning m
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by Crown Archetype
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Juliann If you are interested in the Royal Family, I think you would enjoy this book although it does parallel and compare reality vs. the Netflix series in a…moreIf you are interested in the Royal Family, I think you would enjoy this book although it does parallel and compare reality vs. the Netflix series in a flattering, respectful way to both. I paid extra for the UK version with color photographs, and I feel that the pictures add so much to the book that I wouldn't want it on Kindle. (less)
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Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Would have this book an easy 5 star rating, but it had a few sloppy mistakes along the way. For example, on pp. 54-55, the author gives Edward VII & George V’s reigns as from 1901-1911 & 1911-1936, respectively, when it was 1910 when the former died and the latter became king. (Another of several more examples of the author’s &/or editors’ mistakes: On p. 245, an event that took place on 22nd December 1955 was in fact in 1954.)
Jess The Bookworm
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am obsessed with the British royal family, and loved the Crown on Netflix, I really thought that it was so brilliantly done.

I received this as a gift and it is the perfect companion to the Netflix show. This book was made for people like me who immediately started Googling real life events after each episode. This book contains snippets from history as well as the most beautiful glossy photos, both of the real people and scenes from the show. The glossy pages make this a great coffee table bo
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must read for fans of the tv series, The Crown. Filled with lots of facts and pictures, this book compares events in the series with the real life events.
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Falling into a historical docudrama niche, Netflix's series The Crown, based on the early reign of Elizabeth II, has been popular and well-received. Meticulously researched, the series is an adaptation of high quality for the television audience. The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1 offers the reader a hybrid book, giving us the actual history and the history as it is presented in the Netflix show. The companion book provides a treasure trove of color and black and white images for both f ...more
May 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought an audiobook would be a better format to take in all the information that it is in this book, but boy was I wrong.

It made the royal family seem boring to me which is something I have never thought in my life and took all the fun out of learning about their history. I still love the royal family and The Crown is one of my all time favourite shows but this book was so dull!

I'm gonna need a fast-paced, action-filled book to come back from this one.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Before I read this book I never knew a great deal about the royal family mainly because living in Australia their history isn’t a huge part of our schooling and we don’t really ever see them unless it’s on the news page when they’re expecting a new addition or a member of the lower rank does some scandalous! Now, with the popular Netflix series, The Crown, they have transported the world back to a more sophisticated and strict time of royalty but there’s still plenty of drama to feast on. The Cr ...more
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
My aunt hooked me into watching The Crown, the Netflix series about Queen Elizabeth's accession to the throne and transformation from wife and mother, Lilibet Mountbatten, to monarch Elizabeth Regina. My aunt also lent me this book, The Official Companion to the series, written by the historian behind the show, royal-biographer Robert Lacey. After watching each episode, I would read the corresponding chapter in the companion before tuning in for the next episode. The book breaks down what actual ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have not watched The Crown. But, I *have* now read The Crown, The Official Companion, Volume 1, which covers season one of the show. I was drawn to this book, of course, because I love British royalty. It’s also a gorgeous book — I love the dust jacket photos on the front and back, which show the Queen (both the real one and “Crown”‘s version) in profile. It’s full of photos — in fact, one thing I would suggest is that the editors make clear which photos depict actors from the show, and which ...more
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book of the year, after Notorious RBG and It's What I Do.  Apparently this is a year marked by nonfiction works for me. 

Broken up by episodes, The Crown The Official Companion Volume 1, calls out, in the first few pages, the viewers of the show who, like me, watched each episode for a second time while scrolling through various Windsor related Wikipedia pages. Interspersed within and between the chapters are character and event profiles providing further insight into how cert
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an easy book to read that compares the Netflix tv series The Crown, with the real life story of Queen Elizabeth II. I highly recommend reading this book for anyone watching the series, so as to understand fact from the fiction of the tv series. This book is not recommended for anyone who has not seen the tv series.
Sue K H
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved the Crown series but couldn't stay interested in this. I read about half of it and skimmed through the rest. Since it's due back at the library, I'm baling on it.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Have you seen the Netflix show The Crown? They have done a stunning job bringing to life the beginning of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. If you, like me, have watched the show and wondered where they blurred the lines between fact and fiction, this is a book you'll be wanting to read. Written by royal biographer and show historian Robert Lacey, this official companion feels authoritative and thorough as it digs into each episode and the history behind it.

Both the book and Episode 1 open shortly bef
Linda Lipko
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I very much like the netflix series based upon the early years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. I admit that I knew very little of her other than she and Princess Diana didn't get along. This book compares the movie to real life events. And, in the end, the series, with a few tweakings, seemed to follow real life events.

I always thought of Queen Elizabeth II as too boring to read about. I was wrong. Married at the young age of 21, she soon filled the role of Queen when her middle aged father
Christina McLain
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book made for people like me, people who loved the British series about the life and times of Elizabeth II, Britain's long reigning monarch but who were dismayed that the series often played fast and loose with the facts. Now don't get me wrong, I thought the show was fabulously produced and acted, in a away in which the British appear to excel. But I am a history nerd and was a History teacher so I resent the fact the stories being told us weren't always the way things happened, espe ...more
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of the British monarchy and are watching the Netflix series The Crown, you will love this book. I have not seen the series but have heard people at work talking about it with positive reviews.

The book details the history of Windsor family as well as the presentation in the television series. I don’t think they took too many liberties and it gives insight into the royal families actual lives. Seeing them as almost ordinary people, the relationships, scandal, obligations, dealings
Maribeth B.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Crown is a fascinating miniseries--but it *is* fictionalized and dramatized. And therein lies the practical beauty of this book: as a companion piece to the miniseries, it does a fine job of pointing out the differences between the actual history and the dramatic retelling.

I'll also say this: I've long maintained that the most jarring discrepancy between the real history and the Netflix drama lies in the character of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. This book definitely confirmed that for
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I unabashedly loved this! Apparently the show creators had heard that fans of the show were constantly googling the real story (aka me), so they decided to just do the hard work for us and tapped historian Robert Lacey to write this gem. It took me a while to read it all since I would only catch up on the corresponding chapter after watching the specific episode it talked about, and I’m apparently bad at binge watching. But it really enhanced my enjoyment of the show, and I really hope they writ ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it

As a history buff, I totally enjoyed this book. From a historical perspective Queen Elizabeth’s reign is utterly fascinating. I really think this book did a good job at integrating historical accounts of these events into what was imagined for the show. Each chapter was based off of each episode from season one. I really liked this formatting because it allowed me to visualize each episode with the history being presented in the book

All-in-all, I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait f
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Like the title says this book is a companion to the series, The Crown. The book is divided into chapters - each representing an episode of the series. Then the book usually delves into a subject mentioned or featured in that episode in more detail.

Of course, you always learn something new about history and this allows offers that opportunity.

If you enjoyed/obsessed about the series, this book is for you!!

Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I can usually tell how much I LOVE a book by how long it takes me to read it and this is why I only gave the book 3 stars. I love the series The Crown but I’m not a big fan of reading History. I greatly enjoyed the comparisons between the series and real life and even enjoyed the one page snippets about the individual characters. I still would recommend this book to readers who enjoy history (especially British Royalty).
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This gets four stars not because it is an amazing read but because it is a great version of what it is - a book-TV series tie-in. If you loved The Crown and want to look at gorgeous pics from the series and real life, grab this book. It also explains where narrative needs of TV drove changes to what really happened.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fascinating read, and I'd recommend it for fans of the TV show, or if you just life British history in general.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. Would give 6 stars if I could. Perfect companion for anyone obsessed with the Crown on Netflix or the Monarchy.
Brent Burch
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, history
If you're a big fan of The Crown, like I am, then you should put this book on your to read list. Written by the show's historian, it gives more background to events as depicted in the series and reasons why they changed certain things around. Recommended.
Amber Johnson
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent presentation giving the historical background for each episode of season one of The Crown. I hope there's one for season two!
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-tbr
Love all the historical and show details and all the pictures
Vanessa (effiereads)
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic blend of historical facts and the drama of television. Robert Lacey, the historical consultant on The Crown, includes every historical moment dramatized on the screen and then layers it with precious moments in history, small acts of bravery, and one act of sacrifice that would all lead to that point in time where Elizabeth would wear the crown. A great read for history lovers, fans of the royals, and fans of the show!
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very well done. One of the best television series "companion" books that I've read.
Kathleen Brunnett
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love all the history of The Crown. On the countdown to Season 3!
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you're interested in history, or if you loved savouring (binging?!) Netflix's The Crown, you will adore this book. Never dry or dull, this book admires the series while correcting the dramatic license the series took. 5 stars.
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Robert Lacey is a British historian noted for his original research, which gets him close to - and often living alongside - his subjects. He is the author of numerous international bestsellers.

After writing his first works of historical biography, Robert, Earl of Essex and Sir Walter Ralegh, Robert wrote Majesty, his pioneering biography of Queen Elizabeth II. Published in 1977, Majesty remains
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