Counting One's Blessings by William Shawcross
The Selected Letters of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

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..."Counting One's Blessings" can be dismissed as the literary equivalent of the oversize bath towel that Prince Charles gave the QM...
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William Shawcross's official biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, published in September 2009, was a huge critical and commercial success.One of the great revelations of the book was Queen Elizabeth's insightful, witty private correspondence. Indeed, The Sunday Times described her letters as "wonderful . . . brimful of liveliness and irreverence, steeliness and sweetness."

Now, in Counting One's Blessings, Shawcross has put together a selection of her letters, drawing on the vast wealth of material in the Royal Archives and at Glamis Castle. Queen Elizabeth was a prolific correspondent, from her early childhood before World War I to the very end of her long life at the beginning of the twenty-first century, and her letters offer readers a vivid insight into the real person behind the public face.

 

About William Shawcross

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Born in 1946, William Shawcross is an internationally renowned writer and broadcaster who appears regularly on television and radio. His articles have appeared in leading newspapers and journals throughout the world. He lives in London.
 
Published November 27, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 689 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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