Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret
A witty and profound portrait of the most talked-about English royal
She made John Lennon blush and Marlon Brando tongue-tied. She iced out Princess Diana and humiliated Elizabeth Taylor. Andy Warhol photographed her. Jack Nicholson offered her cocaine. Gore Vidal revered her. Francis Bacon heckled her. Peter Sellers was madly in love with her. For Pablo Picasso, she wa...more
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I made it two-thirds through and I’m done. Poor little Royal rich girl meets mean biographer.
It is no surprise that Princess Margaret was a mostly unhappy person. Royalty or not, being #2 in that family must have been awful. But she also made it very difficult to be liked. I doubt as she aged she was any easier to really know. Odd that her children don’t have any anecdotes in their voice. Might have spoiled the view— again this i ...more
I read a couple of very favourable reviews of 'Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret' and then heard Andy Miller praise it to the skies on an episode of the Backlisted Podcast, and so I was convinced to give it a go. Andy described it as a royal biography for people who wouldn't ordinarily read a royal biography. I think that's spot on.
'Ma’am Darling: 99 Gli ...more
This book is not the conventional sort of biography, but 99 chapters (sometimes shor ...more
Princess Margaret felt most at home in the company of the camp, the cultured and the waspish. It was to be her misfortune that such a high proportion of them kept diaries, and moreover, diaries written with a view to publication. To a man, they were mesmerised less by her image than the cracks to be found in it. They were drawn to her like iron fillings to a magnet, or, perhaps more accurately, cats to a canary.
This ‘biography’ brings to mind that expression with friends like these, who need ...more
Best quote: "the most highly paid dwarves in Europe"
Loved it ...more
Princess Margaret comes off as a relentlessly selfish, difficult and impossible-to-please snob and harridan whom nobody could possibly want to put up with ever, let alone care for as a friend or lover. As with most people though, there must s ...more
I was in the mood for a light, funny, perhaps slightly snarky portrayal of the royal family. I was happy when I was provided this book, which seemed to fit the bill perfectly.
My problem with this book was the snark. Perhaps if it was toned down a bit this could have been a hoot. As written, there was too much poking fun of dead people who cannot defend themselves. Princess Margaret had no r ...more
Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret is a brilliant departure from the typical biography...especia ...more
"Bollocks . . . She already knew all about his tackle." --another friend who believed that Margaret had already been having an affair with the pen¡s-haver in London before the incident in question
So there's this weird passive-aggressive thing where rich British people are really nice to the royals no matter how mean, diff ...more
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