The first in-depth dual-biography of Elizabeth & Margaret, written by the bestselling royal biographer, Andrew Morton.
They were the closest of sisters and the best of friends.
But when, in a quixotic twist of fate, their uncle Edward VIII decided to abdicate the throne, the dynamic between Elizabeth and Margaret was dramatically altered. Forever more, Margaret would have to curtsey to the sister she called ‘Lillibet’. And bow to her wishes.
Elizabeth would always look upon her younger sister’s antics with a kind of stoical amusement but Margaret’s struggle to find a place and position inside the royal system – and her fraught relationship with its expectations – was often a source of tension. Famously, the Queen had to inform Margaret that the Church and government would not countenance her marrying a divorcee, Group Captain Peter Townsend, forcing Margaret to choose between keeping her title and royal allowances or her divorcee lover.
From the idyll of their cloistered early life, through their hidden wartime lives, into the divergent paths they took following their father’s death and Elizabeth’s ascension to the throne, this book explores their relationship over the years. Andrew Morton, renowned bestselling author of Diana: Her True Story, offers unique insight into these two drastically different sisters – one resigned to duty and responsibility, the other resistant to it – and the lasting impact they have had on the Crown, the royal family and the way it has adapted to the changing mores of the twentieth century.
As an undeniable Royalist and someone who loves history, I have read many books and watched many documentaries about the Royal Family (past and present). I was absolutely overjoyed to be accepted as part of this book tour, although I joined with some trepidation as I wondered if there was anything new to learn, and if I would be captivated enough to read about lives I thought I knew inside out.
I need not have worried. Andrew Morton’s book Elizabeth & Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters delves deeply into the private lives of Elizabeth and Margaret, with fascinating insights into their bond and their world behind closed doors. Not everything is as it has been portrayed over the years and certainly not as the public has been led to believe lately from the likes of the Netflix series ‘The Crown’ (I am a fan but it is so loosely based on fact, much is fictional.)
Andrew Morton’s writing is paralleled to the subject matter, compelling and intricate. We are focused on their lives as sisters, their similarities, and more often than not their differences. We see that through the course and events in their lives – marriage, children, high points and low, we are always brought back to the anchor of their relationship. Through stresses and strains, we are shown their undying love and loyalty for one another.
It is a highly enjoyable and educational read.
Thank you to Love Books Tours for inviting me to take part in the tour and to Michael O’Mara books for the copy to review.
ANDREW MORTON is one of the world’s best-known biographers and a leading authority on modern celebrity. His groundbreaking 1992 biography revealed the secret world of Princess Diana, prompting Tina Brown to declare in The Diana Chronicles, “The journalist Morton most reminds me of is Bob Woodward.” Diana: Her True Story became a #1 New York Times bestseller, as did Monica’s Story, Morton’s portrait of the young woman behind the blue dress in the Clinton White House.
The winner of numerous awards, including Author of the Year by the British Book Awards and Scoop of the Year by the London Press Club, he lives in London and has travelled extensively in the U.S., Canada, and Europe in his research for this biography.
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