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The Queen

Edward VIII

"Robert Lacey debates with Dr. Karina Urbach on BBC Radio 4’s Flagship TODAY program."

My contribution to the debate begins at 2 hours 52 minutes and 36 seconds. Listen again on the BBC website.

The Queen, The Journalist and the Cleric

BBC’s The World Tonight -- my contribution starts about seven and a half minutes into the program.

Why was British law helpless to prevent the hate-filled rantings of the extremist preacher Abu Hamza? That's the perfectly reasonable question that the Queen put to her Home Secretary a few years ago, according to BBC Terrorism and Security correspondent, Frank Gardner - who promptly apologised to Buckingham Palace for revealing this fascinating titbit from a conversation he had had with Her Majesty.

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Tina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast and Newsweek, tells us what she's been reading in a feature that Morning Edition likes to call "Word of Mouth." This month, Brown shares reading recommendations on Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family. The Diamond Jubilee takes place over the weekend, marking 60 years of the Queen's reign in Britain.

In her NPR Books article Tina Brown kindly suggests-

Real reader reviews

30 May 2012
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Whilst newspapers and journals have their own professional reviewers of new publications, I am always pleased to see real readers reactions to my books. - The Queen: A Life in Brief.

Two recent examples are Lesa's Book Critiques

The Queen: A Life in Brief, is the perfect biography for those of us who are curious, but don't care to know every detail a biographer or the media would normally reveal. It's just the right touch before the Diamond Jubilee.

The cover of The Queen: A Life In Brief

Today sees the American release of The Queen: A Life In Brief. Published by Harper Perennial (ISBN: 978-0062124463) and available to order from Amazon.com.

The Browser magazine has today published an interview under the heading - "As the Diamond Jubilee approaches, royal biographer Robert Lacey considers the legacy of Queen Elizabeth II, her family history, and her ambivalent relationship with Princess Diana" - worth a read I feel.

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The BBC iPlayer has Andrew Marr's series The Diamond Queen with an interview between Robert Lacey and Andrew Marr. "Andrew Marr looks at the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II. In this episode, with remarkable archive footage, Marr tells the story of the young girl who never expected to reign."

Queen Elizabeth with her father King George VI who died 60 years ago today of lung cancer, the event which marked her accession

"Robert Lacey, author of A Brief Life of the Queen, says she would have been prepared for the news, even if her father's death from a coronary thrombosis was a shock.

"Her private secretary carried sealed envelopes containing a draft Accession Declaration. She was ready but it was a secret that was shared with few people."

It is said that she reacted stoically, and showed little immediate distress. "She was sitting erect, fully accepting her destiny," Martin Charteris is quoted as saying in Lacey's book. No-one saw any tears."

Tyres

Today’s Daily Mail carries the second instalment of their adaptation of my new book “A Brief Life of the Queen” under the headline of;

“Changing greasy tyres, knitting socks and the making of a very modest Monarch"
"In this major series on the Queen, an eminent royal author reassesses her formative years and reveals how a singular lack of ego became the secret of her greatness”

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Serialised in today’s Daily Mail Newspaper excerpts from my new book on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth – A brief life of the Queen.

Update Jan 28 2012 - 14:13 Video content has been added to the A brief life of the Queen website

“The truth about Diana and The Queen: How monarch was Princess's greatest supporter... until THAT Martin Bashir documentary”

A brief life of the Queen is available from Amazon.co.uk and for pre-order from Amazon.com



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