She was described as the most dangerous woman in Europe by Adolf Hitler; Noël Coward said people who spent any time with her were always reduced to gibbering worshippers; she adored Margaret Thatcher and disliked Germans; she found the French comical and hankered for the old days of Empire and Commonwealth. Above all, though, she was loved by the nation and in this affectionate and often hilarious inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, her former equerry Major Colin Burgess reveals what life was like living with the most private of all the Royals.
Behind Palace Doors is a unique and warmly remembered historic insight into one of our longest-surviving institutions. Constantly fascinating and packed with previously untold stories, this is also a celebration of a life gone - and a way of life fast disappearing.
©2006 John Blake Publishing (P)2012 Prospero Media
Being a great fan of the Queen Mum and a child of WWII, my admiration of this great Lady is unbounded. He writes so lovingly of her that you can laugh with him at her gentle ways.
No, because I'd be embarrassed to admit I have a little bit of royal voyeur going on.
The nature of these memoirs calls for a lot of expository setup in each chapter. The book is roughly organized chronologically for the guy's experience as an equerry, but also groups stories into subject areas. Some of it is a stretch to be included - it's less interesting than "Queen Mum drank gin!" - and thus the author/ghost writer has to explain a lot of finicky details that take away from the main anecdotes.
Queen Mum? I mean, that's what this book is about.
A fun listen to have around, I took it in a few chapters at a time over the last year.
The chatty and friendly narration style of Bob Sinfield is the only good part of this book and the only reason I continued to the end. The story is more about Colin and his responsibilities and how great he is than the Queen Mother. There is a lot about her, but most of it is such obvious juvenile exaggeration it is sad. I did some research and learned that when cornered by a reporter, Colin admitted to exaggerating some of the facts. No kidding! The editors must have taken the day off when this was published. There is so much repetition that it was a bit of a slog getting through it. I thought the parts about Andrew to be especially sad. It may be true, but if so, he does not come across as nice. I hope it is another big exaggeration.
What goes on at a Royal home.
OMG Those voice impersonations of quotes and remarks by others is truly awful! WHY bother? Just read the book!
I'm normally a " I've started so I'll finish" reader but not this time apart from repeating over and over that th QM encouraged him to drink a lot its really Me Me and then Me and how he got on with (or not)
whith the rest of the staff -- now anyone who is reasonably interested in these things knows that HRH was fond of a tipple so that was nothing new I suffered it till chapter 5 and then gave up My advice save your money hes on an ego trip!!
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