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Author: Craig Brown Narrator: Eleanor Bron Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2018 ISBN: 9781250311634
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A witty and profound portrait of the most talked-about English royal

She made John Lennon blush and Marlon Brando tongue-tied. She iced out Princess Diana and humiliated Elizabeth Taylor. Andy Warhol photographed her. Jack Nicholson offered her cocaine. Gore Vidal revered her. Francis Bacon heckled her. Peter Sellers was madly in love with her. For Pablo Picasso, she was the object of sexual fantasy.

Princess Margaret aroused passion and indignation in equal measures. To her friends, she was witty and regal. To her enemies, she was rude and demanding. In her 1950s heyday, she was seen as one of the most glamorous and desirable women in the world. By the time of her death in 2002, she had come to personify disappointment. One friend said he had never known an unhappier woman. The tale of Princess Margaret is Cinderella in reverse: hope dashed, happiness mislaid, life mishandled.

Such an enigmatic and divisive figure demands a reckoning that is far from the usual fare. Combining interviews, parodies, dreams, parallel lives, diaries, announcements, lists, catalogues, and essays, Craig Brown’s Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret is a kaleidoscopic experiment in biography and a witty meditation on fame and art, snobbery and deference, bohemia and high society.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Rollicking, irresistible, un-put-downable . . . For anyone . . . who swooned to Netflix’s The Crown, this book will be manna from heaven. Vogue
  • A biography teeming with the joyous, the ghastly and clinically fascinating. Times (London)
  • Hilarious and eye-opening. Observer (London)
  • An original, memorable and substantial achievement. Times Literary Supplement
  • Hugely entertaining . . . Brilliantly written, with a wonderful sardonic edge but also a thoughtful, moving tone. Spectator
  • “His princess comes to life in formally inventive chapters—one chapter is comprised of public notices about HRH, another reveals more about her through her relationship with her personal driver, yet another casts a different sort of woman through her relationship to Picasso. All together, readers come to see more than just the bitchy, rude, quick-witted Margaret (although those are the best sections), but see her very privileged, very tragic life as well.”

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  • A Sunday Times (London) Best Book of the Year
  • A London Guardian Best Book of the Year
  • A Newsday Pick of Best Books of Summer
  • A London Daily Mail Best Book of the Year
  • A Literary Hub Pick of the Month

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About the Author

Craig Brown is a prolific journalist and author. He has been writing his parodic diary in Private Eye since 1989. He is the only person ever to have won three different Press Awards—for best humorist, columnist, and critic—in the same year. He has been a columnist for the Guardian, London Times, Spectator, and Daily Telegraph, among others. He writes for the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday.

About the Narrator

Charles Dance, OBE, is an English actor, director, and screenwriter. He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1970s and went on to appear in many BBC television shows after his breakthrough role in The Jewel in the Crown. He most recently starred in the HBO Game of Thrones series.