The author has a very readable style that paints vivid pictures and holds the reader’s attention. The publisher has produced an elegant, compact volume in high quality at a very affordable price. This is a book that a great many people will buy and treasure. Highly recommended.
NAME: A Brief Life of The Queen
AUTHOR: Robert Lacey
PUBLISHER: Gerald Duckworth & Co
BINDING: hard back
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: HM The Queen, Elizabeth II, ERII, British monarchs, longest serving, House of Windsor, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, constitutional monarchy
DESCRIPTION: The author has a very readable style that paints vivid pictures and holds the reader’s attention. The publisher has produced an elegant, compact volume in high quality at a very affordable price. This is a book that a great many people will buy and treasure. Highly recommended.
Robert Lacey has been developing his knowledge of the Royal Family for almost forty years. During this period, he has had many first hand conversations with Members of the Royal Family and Household. He has written a number of extremely popular books that have become international best sellers. This new book is finely judged and affectionately written, providing an informative and absorbing history of Elizabeth II, who becomes the longest serving British monarch, having overtaken the record held by Queen Victoria.
Many Royal writers claim to be the best informed Royal biographer and some are pretentious and unattractive individuals. Lacey has come to be regarded as a very well informed historian with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the British Royal Family, having worked away steadily, with his achievements acclaimed. He has also been well regarded in his genre, with a reputation for being helpful to and supportive of other writers beginning a career in Royal history.
This book packs a large amount of information into a compact space. This is an achievement in producing a history that is comprehensive, but still in a space that is pocket-able. There is lavish illustration through the body of the book, with some fine full colour images amongst a largely monochrome illustration. The work is equally attractive for those who read widely on the subject and those who know little of it. Importantly it captures the real picture of a monarch who has dedicated her life to her duty and has frequently be portrayed poorly by the news media. Where the Queen Mother had a round face that always seemed to be smiling, her daughter has a square face that can look severe. Some poorly informed journalists have failed to see past the basic shape. The Queen has a great sense of humour and when she took to the throne she was a vivacious young woman with a great love of life. In the years since then, the enormous changes in international and British society, the huge political changes and the succession of grim events have not dented the Queen’s sense of duty and fun. Whatever the news media have done in attempting to turn the Royal Family into some kind of cheap soap opera, the Queen has been supported by her family and particularly by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. Those who have met her have appreciated her kindness and thoughtful consideration of others.
Lacey has beautifully captured the Queen and her years of dedicated service. Even as she approaches her 90th birthday, the Queen shows little sign of slowing down and, in the last year, has fulfilled over 400 engagements. HRH the Prince of Wales has begun to take over the gruelling foreign travel and the Queen may shortly be attending the Heads of Commonwealth meeting outside Britain, but she continues undertake a punishing schedule that would flatten many less than half her age.
There is the feeling that this is a book that the Queen herself will cherish. If that is so, and we are unlikely to know, it will be the true achievement of the author. A very commendable effort.