The Queen Mother by William Shawcross
The Official Biography

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The official and definitive biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: consort of King George VI, mother of Queen Elizabeth II, grandmother of Prince Charles, and the most beloved British monarch of the twentieth century.
 
Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon—the ninth of the Earl of Strathmore’s ten children—was born on August 4, 1900, and, certainly, no one could have imagined that her long life (she died in 2002) would come to reflect a changing nation over the course of an entire century. Vividly detailed, written with unrestricted access to her personal papers, letters, and diaries, this candid royal biography by William Shawcross is also a singular history of Britain in the twentieth century.




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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 October 21, 2009 by Vintage. 1096 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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He cites in particular her remarkable job of crafting a working commonwealth from the tattered remnants of the British empire, “an achievement made possible,” comments Zambian president and former opponent Kenneth Kuanda, “because of the personality of Queen Elizabeth.” Shawcross writes with rest...

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This official biography chronicles the parties, the games, the trips, the charitable causes — and the trouble thanks to Edward VIII.

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Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: The Official Autobiography by William Shawcross 1,000pp, Macmillan, £25 For the Queen Mother, writes William Shawcross, as he trudges through the second half of her life, "one decade glided into another, with the basic pattern of her days, weeks, months and year...

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When an official commemorative statue of Queen Elizabeth— the longtime British queen mother, who died in 2002 at age 101—was unveiled in London in February, the likeness stirred public consternation.

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place in the home after the war - and described the royal biographer .

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She never faltered in her role of supportive wife, and remained at his side during the war, writing to her sister in 1941: “I am still just as frightened of bombs going off as I was at the beginning.

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The Telegraph

When Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother died in 2002, at the age of 102, it was widely thought that her passing would arouse scant public interest.

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... Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother -- she devised that title to make sure ... My standard reply is that I'm interested because they're part of ...

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Otago Daily Times

Despite the pressures of royal life - including a world tour that included Australia and New Zealand and which saw the Yorks separated for six months from their daughter, Elizabeth - Shawcross portrays a happy couple whose marriage was made easier because Princess Elizabet...

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