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Ma'am Darling

99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret
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From our funniest writer, a portrait of our most talked-about royal.

She made John Lennon blush and Marlon Brando clam up. She cold-shouldered Princess Diana and humiliated Elizabeth Taylor.

Andy Warhol photographed her. Jack Nicholson offered her cocaine. Gore Vidal revered her. John Fowles hoped to keep her as his sex slave. Dudley Moore propositioned her. Francis Bacon heckled her. Peter Sellers was in love with her.

For Pablo Picasso, she was the object of sexual fantasy. 'If they knew what I had done in my dreams with your royal ladies,' he confided to a friend, 'they would take me to the Tower of London and chop off my head!'

Princess Margaret aroused passion and indignation in equal measures. To her friends she was witty and regal. To her enemies she was rude and demanding.

In her 1950s heyday, she was seen as one of the most glamorous and desirable women in the world. By the time of her death, she had come to personify disappointment. One friend said he had never known an unhappier woman.

The tale of Princess Margaret is pantomime as tragedy and tragedy as pantomime. It is Cinderella in reverse: hope dashed, happiness mislaid, life mishandled.

Combining interviews, parodies, dreams, parallel lives, diaries, announcements, lists, catalogues and essays, Ma'am Darling is a kaleidoscopic experiment in biography and a witty meditation on fame and art, snobbery and deference, bohemia and high society.

©2017 Craig Brown (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers


Praise for Craig Brown: "The amazing Craig Brown - the greatest satirist since Max Beerbohm." (Elaine Showalter)
"The wittiest writer in Britain today." (Stephen Fry)
"Every page is gold...genius." (Boris Johnson)

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  • 12/08/2018

Story of entitlement

I am returning this book after 3 chapters. I guess I am not the right demographic for this kind of book. I fell for all the hype surrounding it only to discover that it narrates the life of a royal from whom I only saw the glossy side in magazines. She appears, only after 3 chapters, as a very antipathic, entitled, alcoholic and rude person. I am appalled. When you are given so much and you have public duties you are ecpected to behave otherwise, I find hard to find her excuses.. Quite despicable but I am not surprised.