The Queen: Her Life
The Queen: Her Life by Andrew Morton
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Nonfiction (Adult)
No. of Pages: 462
My Rating: 5 Stars
Regardless of feelings surrounding the monarchy itself, Queen Elizabeth II led an extraordinary life, and lived it, publicly, with unending dignity and grace, in spite of family issues, which every single family has. I greatly admired her. The end of her reign is the true end of an era; it’s difficult to wrap my head around.
I received access to, and began this, on 16 September ‘22, as the queue was ongoing. I was immediately drawn into the life of this remarkable woman and read it leisurely, as many of the details were ones I was already aware of. That didn’t make this biography any less enjoyable - Mr. Morton’s writing is respectful and doesn’t veer into tabloid. This closer look at the fascinating private and public life of Queen Elizabeth II (with her closeness to her horses, if she earned their trust, she felt that she had found a friend who liked her just for herself, she walked her corgi menagerie when she was feeling stressed, Balmoral was her favorite place, she loved her parents and missed her father her entire life, she grieved while showing the world the serene smile, she loved pockets and was never permitted to appear with her hands in them in public - as she got older, she finally got her pockets ❤️). The Queen: Her Life is an enjoyable and worthwhile read.
I really appreciated the footnotes throughout the text along with the footnotes section in the back of the book.
eARC kindly provided by Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.
#1 New York Times bestselling biographer Andrew Morton provides the definitive, most comprehensive account of Queen Elizabeth II's legendary reign.
Painfully shy, Elizabeth Windsor’s personality was well suited to her youthful ambition of living quietly in the country, raising a family, and caring for her dogs and horses. But when her uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated, she became heir to the throne—embarking on a journey that would test her as a woman and queen.
Ascending to the throne at only 25, this self-effacing monarch navigated endless setbacks, family conflict, and occasional triumphs throughout her 70 years as the Queen of England. As her mettle was tested, she endeavored to keep the monarchy relevant culturally, socially, and politically, often in the face of resistance from inside the institution itself. And yet the greatest challenges she faced were often inside her own family, forever under intense scrutiny; from rumors about her husband’s infidelity, her sister’s marital breakdown, Princess Diana’s tragic death, to the recent departure of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Now in The Queen, renowned biographer Andrew Morton takes an in-depth look at Britain’s longest reigning monarch, exploring the influence Queen Elizabeth had on both Britain and the rest of the world for much of the last century. From leading a nation struggling to restore itself after the devastation of the second World War to navigating the divisive political landscape of the present day, Queen Elizabeth was a reluctant but resolute queen. This is the story of a woman of unflagging self-discipline who will long be remembered as mother and grandmother to Great Britain, and one of the greatest sovereigns of the modern era.
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