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The Final Curtsey by Margaret Rhodes

Title The Final Curtsey
Author Margaret Rhodes
Publisher Birlinn
Release 2012-03-29
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 176
ISBN 0857901915
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This is the intimate and revealing autobiography of Margaret Rhodes, the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and the niece of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Margaret was born into the Scottish aristocracy, into a now almost vanished world of privilege. Royalty often came to stay and her house was run in the style of Downton Abbey. In the Second World War years she 'lodged' at Buckingham Palace while she worked for MI5. She was a bridesmaid at the wedding of her cousin, Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip. Three years later the King and Queen attended her own wedding; Princess Margaret was a bridesmaid. In 1990 she was appointed as a Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen Mother, acting also as her companion, which she describes in touching detail. In the early months of 2002, she spent as much time as possible with her ailing aunt, and was at her bedside when she died at Easter that year. The next morning she went to Queen Elizabeth's bedroom to pray, and in farewell dropped her a final curtsey. This is an enthralling account of a special life, and a unique insight into the intimate moments of the British Royal family. The Queen Mother regarded Margaret Rhodes as her "third daughter", and she has been extremely close to her cousins the Queen and Princess Margaret throughout their lives. The book is full of charming anecdotes, fascinating characters, and personal photographs and is an unparalleled insight into the private life of the British monarchy.

The Final Curtsey by Margaret Rhodes

Title The Final Curtsey
Author Margaret Rhodes
Publisher Calder Walker Associates
Release 2011
Category Ladies-in-waiting
Total Pages 152
ISBN 9780954127565
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This is the account of a special life, with the author's family relationships to nobility and royalty, her long marriage, her children and grandchildren and a life lived to the full.

Princess by Jane Dismore

Title Princess
Author Jane Dismore
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
Release 2018-06-01
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 320
ISBN 1493034634
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In November 2017 the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. As a 13-year-old Princess, she fell in love with Prince Philip of Greece, an ambitious naval cadet, and they married when she was 21; when she suddenly became Queen at 25, their lives changed forever. Philip has been her great support, but fortunately she also had a solid foundation that helped prepare her for a life dedicated to duty. With previously unpublished material and unique memories from friends and relatives who have known her since childhood, this book looks afresh and in richer depth at her life as Princess, glittering yet isolating. Vivid detail and anecdotes reveal more about her, the era in which she grew up and the people who shaped her life. The archives of royal confidante Lady Desborough and Private Secretary Sir Alec Hardinge reveal unseen letters from the Princess and the royal family, giving intimate insights into their lives and minds. Here is her sadness at the death of her nanny, Alah; her joy in her children; her melancholy as a young wife when Philip returns to his ship; the sensitivities of her father. Here too is the Princess with the aristocratic Bowes Lyons, her mother’s family, who featured significantly in her life, yet rarely appear in books. The author sheds new light on anomalies surrounding the birth of her mother who, it has been asserted, was the daughter of the family’s cook. The strain of wartime on the royal family is highlighted in new material contrasting the stance of the Princess’s uncles, the Duke of Windsor and David Bowes Lyon. In contrast with her upbringing, Philip’s early life was turbulent, although their lives shared some interesting parallels. Lady Butter, a relation of Philip and friend of the Princess, recalls time spent with each of them; and unpublished documents show how intelligence agencies considered the socialist influence of the Mountbattens on Philip and thus on the royal court. More importantly, Princess traces how an “ordinary country girl” suddenly found herself in the line of succession to the crown at age ten when her Uncle, the Duke of Windsor, abdicated the throne to his brother Albert (“Bertie” to family and friends), the once and future King George VI. Breaking new ground for a future English monarch, she became the first female member of the royal family to serve on active duty during World War II, and broke tradition by sending her children away to school rather having them privately tutored. Indeed, by the time of her coronation in 1953, she had already achieved a “broad and solid background from which she could draw during the rapidly changing times of her long reign. Out of a little princess they made a Queen.”

Last Curtsey by Fiona MacCarthy

Title Last Curtsey
Author Fiona MacCarthy
Publisher Faber & Faber
Release 2011-07-07
Category History
Total Pages 320
ISBN 0571265812
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Once upon a time the well-bred daughters of Britain's aristocracy took part in a female rite of passage: curtseying to the Queen. But in 1958 this ritual was coming to an end. Under pressure to shine - not least from their mothers - the girls became the focus for newspaper diarists and society photographers in a party season that stretched for months among the great houses of England, Ireland and Scotland. Fiona MacCarthy traces the stories of the girls who curtseyed that year, and shows how their lives were to open out in often very unexpected ways - as Britain itself changed irreversibly during the 1960s, and the certainties of the old order came to an end.

White Ice by Celia Brayfield

Title White Ice
Author Celia Brayfield
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Release 2012-10-18
Category Fiction
Total Pages 576
ISBN 1447235509
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Prima ballerina Lydia Kusminskaya, whose talents saved her from starvation in imperial St Petersburg, trusted her beauty to secure her place in the gilded cocoon of the court – unaware of the cataclysm about to destroy it, and her hopes. Eighty years later, in London, the legacy of Lydia’s beauty snares a woman and two men in the trap of their own obsessions: Alexander Wolfe, the desirable American who worships women and glamour; formidable businesswoman Bianca Berrisford, who believes beauty always has its price; and Lovat Whitburn, her bitter ex-husband, for whom beauty, once an ideal, is now a weapon. Now the three are chained to Lydia and each other in a lethal struggle for wealth, love and, above all, power. But the illusion of beauty which betrayed Lydia is lying in wait for them, too . . . ‘A breathtaking achievement’ Woman’s Own ‘Ms Brayfield knows what she is doing . . . her women sound and act like real women’ Anthony Burgess in the Independent ‘A wonderfully written novel about men, women and a burning obsession’ Me

Elizabeth Margaret by Andrew Morton

Title Elizabeth Margaret
Author Andrew Morton
Publisher Hachette UK
Release 2021-03-30
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 400
ISBN 1538700476
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Perfect for fans of The Crown, this captivating biography from a New York Times bestselling author follows Queen Elizabeth II and her sister Margaret as they navigate life in the royal spotlight. They were the closest of sisters and the best of friends. But when, in a quixotic twist of fate, their uncle Edward Vlll 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 war-time 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's latest biography 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 ways it adapted to the changing mores of the 20th century.

Last Curtsey by Fiona MacCarthy

Title Last Curtsey
Author Fiona MacCarthy
Publisher
Release 2006
Category Debutantes
Total Pages 305
ISBN 9780571228591
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In 1958 the year in which Krushchev came to power in Russia, the year after Eden's resignation over Suez, two years after John Osborne's Look Back in Anger the last of the debutantes, myself among them, went to the Palace to curtsey to the Queen. MacCarthy and her fellow 'debs', or 'gels' were taking part in a remarkable remnant of the rituals of aristocratic power. The system had been in operation almost unchanged since the 18th century. It was a female rite of passage, an elaborate initiation ceremony marking the emergence of the virgin out of the schoolroom and into society at the now marriageable age of seventeen. With their imitation grown-up laughter and affectation of knowingness, the girls were somewhere between teenagers and clones of the Queen herself. Nigel Dempster, gossip columnist and 'debs' delight', made estimates on the virginity level of the debutantes; MacCarthy remembers party seasons that stretched for months, among the great houses of London and the Home Counties, and riotous dances on country estates in Nothumberland and the Scottish Highlands. Last Curtsey is a remarkable portrait of England in the past half century, filtered through some of its most colourful and eccentric inhabitants.

Title Confessions of a Struggling Actress
Author Jo Bloggs
Publisher Untreed Reads
Release 2012-12-06
Category PERFORMING ARTS
Total Pages
ISBN 1781780358
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Join Jo as she follows her dream and takes the first steps on the path that leads towards a (hopefully) glittering career as a professional actress. You'll share the highs and lows of her turbulent first years in the business as she comes to realise that her chosen career is (much) harder than she'd ever thought. Frank, funny and insightful, Jo gives you a rare glimpse into the reality of this 'glamorous' industry, as she makes it through drama school unscathed (just), attends auditions (a lot!) and even tries out for reality TV before finally getting a job and going on tour.

Title Saints and Latin Decadence
Author Terrel Hale
Publisher iUniverse
Release 2001
Category Fiction
Total Pages 562
ISBN 0595176003
Language English, Spanish, and French
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What follows is not a story. It is descriptions of instinct and desire, of the secular and holy. It is, in a way, what I see the purpose of art being. This is a novel that doesn't behave. It does not participate in good manners. Samuel Beckett said that the task of the artist is to find a form to accommodate the mess. This novel trusts the reader to do the work of narrating connections and stretches the assumptions about what texts are. I disrupt old narratives not because I have no faith in narratives, but because I mean for the reader to see in my gaps and verbal impasses the opening for new narratives. I have aided the metamorphosis from narrative into non-narrative by experimenting with typography. This is a book that has to be turned over and side-ways, in order that it be read both as pictures and text. This is a novel existing in the space of poetry creating an effect that adorns the action where the effect is more than the action. It is prose written with the intensity of poetry, a prose poem or something in between with more extended meditation in the same tradition of Edgar Allen Poe's Eureka or Baudelaire's Prose Poems or Bernadette Mayer's extended studies where the sentences keep accruing. Here there is no epiphany at any moment or no epiphany at all and because of this, this work is intentionally disorienting and disconcerting. One of my intentions was to be as close to nature as possible. Working outdoors was my inspiration and the primary object of my study. My aim was to respond...to the scene before me, to avoid conventional ways of seeing, and to fill my work with a sense of open air rather than studied light.

Title Our Kid The Hopkins Family Saga
Author Billy Hopkins
Publisher Hachette UK
Release 2010-02-04
Category Fiction
Total Pages 528
ISBN 0755372344
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A STORY OF WARMTH, WIT AND THE SPIRIT OF A WORKING-CLASS COMMUNITY. PERFECT for fans of TV's Call The Midwife, All Creatures Great and Small and The Pursuit of Love - and readers of Nadine Dorries, Nancy Revell and Anne Baker will adore the Hopkins family! READERS LOVE OUR KID! ***** 'After just a few pages gripped me like pliers' - AMAZON READER REVIEW ***** 'Beautifully written. Hard to put down. Many laughs, and touching moments' - AMAZON READER REVIEW ***** 'Give an insight into a Northern life of a different world written with a sense of hardship, sadness, humour and real emotion' - AMAZON READER REVIEW ***** 'I was howling with laughter one minute and in tears the next ... It's my favourite book' ___________________________________________ Billy Hopkins' Our Kid is a warm-hearted and nostalgic tale of a boy's life: from the 1920s Manchester slums, through tough times as an evacuee during World War II, to the challenges of the post-war world for a hard-up family. 'How wonderful to have a book like this... A glimpse of a lost reality' - Manchester Evening News It was on a Sunday night in 1928 that Billy Hopkins made his first appearance. Billy's tenement home on the outskirts of Manchester would be considered a slum today, but he lived there happily with his large Catholic family, hatching money-making schemes with his many friends. When war came, and the Luftwaffe dominated the night sky, Billy was evacuated to Blackpool. There he lived on a starvation diet while his own rations went to feed his landlady's children - 'I might as well be in Strangeways!' But even the cruel blows that were to be dealt to the family on his return to Manchester would not destroy Billy's fighting spirit - or his sense of humour. What readers are saying about Our Kid: 'Billy Hopkins is a masterful storyteller who draws you into his world of a working class household coping with, and surviving, the ups and downs of life' 'The characters are brilliant - I will never ever forget this book for as long as I live' 'The best read ever'

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