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Old 07-01-2007, 11:09 PM
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It sounds like a really interesting book, as Princess Margaret was a very interesting lady. I think that if I had access to it, like at a library or at a used bookstore, I would read it, but if I had to pay a good deal of money for it probably not. It sounds good, but detached. And I don't like that you said that he never exactly says why she's unhappy.

(P.S. I think she was unhappy because a combination of those things, plus more. She had a bit of a sad life.)
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Old 07-01-2007, 11:28 PM
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Well you can read the Daily Mail installments for free. His inability to commit doesn't bother me as much now; it leaves the reader open to making their own conclusions.

I'm right now reading the part where Margaret is coming of age and is becoming a very beautiful and sexual woman - and how she is handling the reaction of men, polite and deferential from the British, but quite something else from the Italians.

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Duff Cooper, Britain's ambassador in Paris, after having lunch with the King and Queen and their daughters, recorded in his diary: "Margaret is a most attractive girl - lovely eyes, lovely mouth, very sure of herself and full of humour. She might get into trouble before she's finished."
What he really captures is how young, attractive, glamourous and quite frankly how sexual Margaret was in her youth. It must have been quite a shock to society and such a stark contrast between her and the rest of the Royal Family.

He also details how attached she was to her father (and also a bit spoiled) and how lost she was when he died.
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Old 07-05-2007, 12:45 PM
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Considering how shallow some of the previous books about her have been and the reputation of this author, this book is definitely on my list.
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Old 07-06-2007, 06:33 AM
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i can't wait to read this book. it sounds like it's going to be great.
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Old 07-06-2007, 02:58 PM
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Well the Daily Mail doesn't advertise its installments of this book too well. I had to hunt and peck to find these. I think they're the last of them.

Blue movies and casual flings - the amazing truth about Princess Margaret's marriage | the Daily Mail

Princess Margaret: How she lost the will to live | the Daily Mail

I just had time to read the first installment about the marriage of Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong-Jones. It seemed a much worse disaster than Charles and Diana's marriage ever seemed to be and by the end it seemed Margaret and Tony really hated each other which was odd because unlike Charles and Diana it seemed that Margaret and Tony were truly compatible and had a lot of interests in common-especially artistic interests.

But I think Tony was much more of a rebel and an enfant terrible than Margaret ever thought of being. It was as if Margaret saw Tony and thought "Wouldn't it be fun to be naughty," without really realizing how naughty he was. The party he invited her to where they showed porn flicks would have embarassed me to no end and I am no princess.

Even though she may have wanted to let her hair hang down, I think she wasn't ready for the life he led.
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Old 07-30-2007, 02:55 PM
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Zara Phillips by Brian Hoey

Zara Phillips: A Revealing Portrait Of A Royal World Champion

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"Mr Hoey, official biographer of Zara’s mother Princess Anne, lifts the lid on the 26-year-old’s unique bond with her grandmother"
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Old 11-20-2007, 07:59 PM
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British royal family - books?

Interesting books:

“Zara Phillips: The Biography: A Revealing Portrait of a Royal World Champion”
by Brian Hoey

Amazon.co.uk

“Margaret: The Last Real Princess”
By Noel Botham

Amazon.com

“Princess Margaret”
By Theo Aronson

Amazon.com

“William & Harry”
By Ingrid Seward

Amazon.com

“My Story”
By Sarah Ferguson, Jeff Coplon

Biographic book written by Sarah Ferguson.
Amazon.com

“Anne: The Private Princess Revealed”
By Brian Hoey

Amazon.com
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"Snowdon: the biography" by Anne de Courcy

The late Princess Margaret's ex-husband, Anthony Armstrong-Jones, Lord Snowden, has apparently given approval for a new bio on his marriage to Margaret.

Anne de Courcy is writing the book and "reportedly had his full cooperation, was allowed access to his letters and papers and was given permission to interview family and friends."

I can't decide if this would be an interesting read or not. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since he and Margaret split in 1976. Times have changed, as the saying goes.
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I think any biography that's authorised by at least some of the subjects, and for which original documentation is made available, is likely to be interesting - if only to see how much of the unauthorised biograhies was made up!
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Old 01-28-2008, 07:24 AM
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I am reading Princess Margaret's biography by Tim Heald which is quite interesting. Unfortunately I find the writing a little stuffy and formal, though.
It does dispel many of the myths surrounding her - that she was just interested in a good time, for example, and that she insisted on being treated as a princess at all times. She was apparently quite religious.

Sometimes he refers to a man as the new 'walker'. I think that he means boyfriend as in 'walking out' but that's a very old-fashioned expression. Can anyone help please?

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Princess Mary/Queen Mary Gift Books

I had the great good fortune to pick up two books over the weekend, the Princess Mary Gift Book (dated during WWI) and the Queen Mary Gift Book. I'm paging through them cautiously and admiring the plates more than anything; the illustrations are remarkable.

Each has a series of stories in them that are fairly tame but entertaining as well.

When I get some time, I'll try my hand at scanning and uploading - a first for me!

As a bonus, I picked up a book that is overflowing with pictures of the Prince of Wales' journey to Canada and the US, as well as several other nations, from the post WWI-years. The book is not specifically dated, but one picture shows the Prince visiting the grave of the late President Teddy Roosevelt, who died in January 1919 (partly of grief over the death of his own son Quentin in combat, in 1918.) There is a hand-written overleaf by the Prince which approves the book and its purpose in supporting those blinded in WWI.

I won't tell the price of the books, but I feel a bit like a thief. :-)

Best to all...
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ISometimes he refers to a man as the new 'walker'. I think that he means boyfriend as in 'walking out' but that's a very old-fashioned expression. Can anyone help please?
The term "walker" is an expression for an escort to an event who is considered to be "safe", and quite often gay. In other words, there would be no gossip about a romance.
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:37 AM
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Thank you

Thank you, Warren. I was still wondering about that expression. I really think that the author should have made that clear.

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Old 06-02-2008, 11:18 AM
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This book is the June 2008 choice for the book club. We'd love to have everyone who's read or reading it participate in the discussion. You can find the thread here:

http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...2-a-17198.html
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Queen Mary's Photographs

Years ago one of the royality mags had a book titled 'Queen Mary's Photographs'. I have been trying to locate this book but have been
unsuccessful. Does Anyone have any info to share?
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Old 06-13-2008, 09:18 PM
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Do you mean this one?

Amazon.com: Queen Mary's Photograph Albums: Christopher Warwick: Books

Not that there's much information there, but there are a couple of second-hand copies for sale.
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:09 AM
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I have read this book, it is quite good but most of the photographs have now been printed in more recent biographies.
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Old 07-05-2008, 06:28 AM
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A review of this book appeared in today's Sydney Morning Herald, sourced from the Telegraph, London.
Excerpts from the review:

"At the outset, Anne de Courcy declares that the twin motors of Tony Snowdon's life were "work and sex".
His world was one in which both long relationships and casual encounters co-existed.
The marriage with Princess Margaret was an impossibility but a brilliant one, and a passionate love affair too.
Though this is the authorised biography, and he [Snowdon] has granted free access to much, he sticks to his vow of silence on the central relationship. But everyone else is given the green light and it's painful reading.
The honeymoon period lasted two years, the break-up 16 more, with drugs and alcohol throughout. Everyone from Peter Sellers to the Aga Khan passes through.
Most people, including the royal family, took his side. De Courcy puts the record straight and Margaret comes out of it well.
Snowdon...doesn't read books. Margaret did read and he secretly slipped lists into the pages for her to suddenly find, of "things I hate about you".
He said to a friend "I wish to hell she'd take a lover and leave me in peace." and when she did, he was furious. The lover, Robin Douglas-Home, is shown the door and later kills himself, while Snowdon continues his own multiple bonkings. When mild Roddy Llewellyn eventually came along, Snowdon played the outraged husband and this prompted the divorce.
He had the gift of intimacy and, furthermore, there was his shyness which masked the ruthless vanity. He was terrified, for example, of public speaking.
This book is an onslaught of revelation, a dizzying switchback-ride of mixed emotions, pomp and sleaze, and finally it's impossible to pass judgement on anyone."
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That sounds like an interesting read. He authorised this? From the review that seems strange, but as it said he doesn´t read books, perhaps he won´t read this. I must read it as perhaps it is nothing like the excerpt from the review promises.
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I am very interested in reading this. Unfortunately there are almost 30 holds on it at the library so I may have a long wait!
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