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The Queen - Cover

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.

Robert on Radio 2

28 May 2012
Aled Jones on Radio 2

On Sunday June 3rd I shall be on BBC Radio 2 with Aled Jones talking about the Jubilee -- I shall be on the show around 8:30am (UK time).

"Each week Aled Jones plays tracks from a broad musical spectrum, that celebrates both our choral traditions and the vibrant world of modern music as well as spiritually uplifting and reflective music. He also discusses religious and ethical issues of the week with faith representatives."

Heir to the throne?

"Robert Lacey on the constitutional wrinkle that may explain why Kate is not pregnant yet – and might delay her baby for another two years or more"

Might the reason lie in New Zealand, where an obscure committee of lawyers and civil servants is currently rewriting the laws of succession to the British throne...

Read my piece in today's Daily Beast posting.


The good people at Waterstones are offering afternoon tea with me at the Wolseley - entries via their Facebook page.

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Robert Lacey To Speak On 'Royal Writing' At The Galley Club

The Galley Club has a 'Jubilee tie-in' speaker for its May meeting: author Robert Lacey will be talking about 'The Secrets of Royal Writing', including his books on the House of Windsor and the House of Saud. Tuesday 29 May, 6.30pm at The George, Strand. Guests £5 on the door (includes wine and buffet). Email: to reserve a place.

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

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.

ABCs RadioNational

"Prince William and Catherine Middleton have now been married for a year. After the fanfare and ceremony of the wedding, the anniversary will be a more subdued event. Catherine's shift into royal life has been in focus for most of the last year and according to one of Britain's most respected royal historians, she has performed extremely well."

The show's page has a listen now feature for the recording of the show - Enjoy.

A brief life of the Queen - Book cover

I shall be speaking about the monarchy at the Hilton Bath City Hotel in Walcot Street on May 10 at 7.30pm for an event organised by the Historical Association.

Entry is by ticket, which can be obtained from Mike Short via or 01225 812945.

The association, which has the Queen as its patron, was founded in 1906 to encourage and support the study and enjoyment of history. The Bath branch dates back to the year of the monarch's birth, 1926.

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John D Wood & Co. are pleased to sponsor An Evening with Robert Lacey at St Peters Church, Eaton Square, Belgravia on Wednesday 28th March at 6:30pm

The evening will be chaired by Peter York and Robert Lacey will be talking about his new book "A brief life of the Queen" and answering questions from the audience.

Tickets are £25 each including a glass of Champagne upon arrival. All proceeds are to PARC Charitable Centre for Children with Additional Needs.

There will be a raffle and signed copies of the book will be on sale.

For tickets please call 0207 824 7900.

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