In this magisterial new biography, a "New York Times"-bestselling author brings to life one of the world's most fascinating and enigmatic women: Queen Elizabeth II. Compulsively readable and scrupulously researched, "Elizabeth the Queen" illuminates the lively personality, sense of humor, and canny intelligence with which she meets the most ...
In this magisterial new biography, a "New York Times"-bestselling author brings to life one of the world's most fascinating and enigmatic women: Queen Elizabeth II. Compulsively readable and scrupulously researched, "Elizabeth the Queen" illuminates the lively personality, sense of humor, and canny intelligence with which she meets the most demanding work and family obligations.
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Publishers Weekly, 2012-04-30 Bedell's biography charts the life of Queen Elizabeth II, from her youthful receipt of the title "heiress presumptive" and first love to her ascension to the throne and transformation into England's current monarch. Rosalyn Landor narrates in a light, authentic British accent. Her pace is steady and her tone appropriately soothing throughout. And while this meticulously researched biography doesn't offer the narrator an opportunity to produce many character voices, she nonetheless turns in a winning performance. Additionally, Bedell reads the book's brief preface, explaining-in her American accent, which, to a certain degree, casts her as an outsider-her lifelong fascination with Elizabeth and determination to make the iconic and enigmatic queen both human and accessible. A Random House hardcover. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-12-19 In her 60-year-reign, Elizabeth II has evolved "from beautiful ingenue to businesslike working mother to wise grandmother," whose grave public persona conceals her spirit, intelligence, humor, and joie de vivre. In a respectful, engrossing, and perceptive portrayal, Smith (Diana in Search of Herself: Portrait of a Troubled Princess) relates that Elizabeth defied her mother in marrying her cheeky third-cousin Prince Philip of Greece, but she bowed to Churchill in not adopting Philip's surname, which strained their marriage; while her laissez-faire attitude toward child-rearing allowed a flinty, critical Philip to dominate the sensitive Charles. Her compassion in shaking hands with cured Nigerian lepers in 1956 prefigured Diana's handshake with an AIDS patient in 1987. But while some of the inner workings of the monarchy are exposed, Smith often pulls her punches; the queen's passion for her dogs and horses gets more ink than daughters-in-law Camilla and Sophie, and the monarch remains distant, her thoughts and feelings ultimately unknowable. Photos. Agent: Amanda Urban, ICM. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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