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Lady in Waiting

My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown
Lu par : Anne Glenconner
Durée : 9 h et 8 min
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The remarkable life of Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret who was also a Maid of Honour at the Queen's Coronation - and is a character in The Crown this autumn. 

Anne Glenconner reveals the real events behind The Crown as well as her own life of drama, tragedy and courage, with the wonderful wit and extraordinary resilience which define her.  

Anne Glenconner has been close to the Royal Family since childhood. Eldest child of the 5th Earl of Leicester, she was, as a daughter, described as 'the greatest disappointment' by her family as she was unable to inherit. Her childhood home, Holkham Hall, is one of the grandest estates in England. Bordering Sandringham, the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret were frequent playmates.   

From Maid of Honour at the Queen's Coronation to Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret, Lady Glenconner is a unique witness to royal history as well as an extraordinary survivor of a generation of aristocratic women trapped without inheritance and burdened with social expectations.   

She married the charismatic but highly volatile Colin Tennant, Lord Glenconner, who became the owner of Mustique. Together they turned the island into a paradise for the rich and famous, including Mick Jagger and David Bowie, and it became a favourite retreat for Princess Margaret.    

But beneath the glitz and glamour there has also lurked tragedy. On Lord Glenconner's death in 2010 he left his fortune to a former employee. And of their five children, two grown-up sons died, while a third son had to be nursed back from a coma by Anne, after having suffered a near fatal accident.   

Anne Glenconner writes with extraordinary wit, generosity and courage, and she exposes what life was like in her gilded cage, revealing the role of her great friendship with Princess Margaret and the freedom she can now finally enjoy in later life. She will appear as a character in the new series of The Crown this autumn.  

©2019 Anne Glenconner (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Very Interesting historic novel

I saw lady Ann Glenconner in the Graham Norton's show, presenting her book and I found her funny and natural in her ways, it made me want to buy her book immediately and so I did .
I think that everything written in this book is true in the eyes of Lady Ann, and that she might have sadly saved for herself other very juicy episodes of her life as lady in waiting for princess Margaret.

I recommend this book since is very nicely read by the author, and tells the story of her life tangled with the life of princess Margaret, and it pictures the life they had for years, they did indeed had a liking for strong alcohol.

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  • Alchemist
  • 22/10/2019

Such an amazing listen

What a beautifully written book- absolutely captivating (especially as it’s read by the author). Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30/03/2020

Excellent

If you are interested in the Royal family and enjoy hearing about how the families of British
aristocracy live this book is for you. Highly entertaining, funny and sometimes sad.

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  • Skiathete
  • 25/01/2020

Fantastic book enjoyed every minute

I really enjoyed this book. I am recovering from a traumatic brain injury and have found listening to Lady Glenconner reading this story of her life genuinely absorbing. The author has overcome great adversity and sadness and yet managed to carry on and not let the many dreadful things that have happened bring her down. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and have already done so.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09/12/2019

A life worth knowing

A Fascinating story with contrasts that can only have been known by a few. At times shocking and also amusing. The overriding feeling of coping with what life throws at you is a beacon.
Fabulous.

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  • Sandra
  • 01/12/2019

fantastic

i absolutely loved this. thanks for sharing your beautiful lifes story with us. It's was marvelous.

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  • Angelina
  • 28/11/2019

Exceptional story!

Very enjoyable, especially because it's read by the author. Very interesting and funny, at times touching and emotional. Absolutely brilliant and highly recommended!

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  • Charnell
  • 18/11/2019

A glimpse into glamour

An honest account of a gilded cage, and proof that human nature - good and bad, but always complex and nuanced spills messily into every level of society.
Honest, heartbreaking but heartwarming too.