This is a story of the most well documented, most commented on love affair of our times. Yet the personalities behind the facade remain elusive and the nature of their relationship is an enigma. This is the first major biography of Charles and Camilla, two people who have battled against the curious lot that fate has thrown their way.
Gyles Brandreth returns to the same ground as his last book, the bestselling Philip and Elizabeth; Portrait of a Marriage. This again will be a unique royal biography, as the author has met all the principal players, has had privileged access to the royal family. This will be a powerful and revealing portrait of a remarkable relationship, told with authority and insight and illustrated with photographs from the royal collection.
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"Book of the year... Riveting, gossipy and touching" (Mail on Sunday)
"Could this be the best book ever written about the Royal Family?... A masterpiece" (Sunday Express)
"Utterly fascinating" (Andrew Marr, Start the Week)
"Highly accomplished... there is much here to entertain and inform" (Sunday Telegraph)
"Completely fascinating - written by the man who really knows" (Richard and Judy)
Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books
I was in the mood for something gossipy, so I picked this up. I should have known that everything that could be said about Charles and Camilla has already been said. She made better copy as a Mistress than she does as a wife. There is a lot about the Diana days here (way too much). And there is a fairly long section about the infidelities of several monarchs of old...interesting information but not well integrated within this narrative.
The best part of this listen was the narrator, who was pitch perfect. Although the book has no new information, it is fairly well written so the narrator was able to make it flow.
I am glad I bought the audiobook because I love Stephen Thorne's voice. But as much as I love history, I really didn't need a review of the extramarital affairs of British rulers, beginning with an Anglo Saxon King, rocketing on through James II, William and Mary, not of course skipping the Regency, Wallis Simpson, and everyone in between. We hear about Camilla's childhood, the Prince of Wales childhood, Diana's childhood, (of course she was still in her teens when she became engaged to the Prince of Wales, and btw what was her family thinking). We hear again about Diana's feelings about Charles and Camilla, and a discussion of whether they were founded. (duh) We hear the famous phone conversation between Charles and Camilla which was illicitly recorded.
I expect I am not the only person who wanted to know how these people survived the firestorm surrounding their relationship for so many years, and was naive enough to expect it to be told in a book. How have they survived such personal vilification, from being accused of bringing down the Monarchy, to being really repulsive people. Obviously many marriages crumple under much less pressure. Still these two people are still clinging to each other.
The author of this book, and his unnamed friends of the Royals, state repeatedly that the Prince of Wales and his Duchess are not talking to the press. Finally a little dignity in silence. Still I would like to know how they stood the pressure, without turning on each other, and just not giving in and giving up.
I bought this audiobook on impulse. I wish I had not.
By far the best royal book published since Sally Bedell Smith's biography of Diana in 1999. Expert narration by the author. There is a healthy dose of royal history that presents intriguing details that illuminate Camilla and Diana's joint ancestry, but aside from a similar pedigree, the Duchess of Cornwall and the late Princess of Wales had nothing in common. The author presents the best analysis of how and why Diana failed to make Charles happy and how Camilla succeeded where her predecessor blundered. It is not a perfect portrait, however, as the Prince of Wales's background is falsely painted here as not sufficiently grand for his position. Otherwise it is as good as the critics insist that it is. A joyous read for all Windsorphiles.
...Because most of the book is about many, many royals and not so much about Camilla and Charles.
It's interesting, although not new nor revolutionary. It basically recounts stories from the
Victorian era to this days.
If you are looking for some juicy secrets, then you'll get disappointed.
I am not sure.
He is a great reader and does a very good job.
way too much detail about relatives
boring detail about family. mainly Camilla, Told me way more than I wanted to know about her family
"The fairy tale of Charles and Camilla."
This book has taken me behind the scenes of the events that led up to the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall. It tries tells the story of, in Diana Princess of Wales , a marriage with three people in it. An easy listening book which should appeal to most people.
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