Lady in Waiting

Lady in Waiting

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 25/06/2020
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Lady in Waiting
What A Life!
Lady Anne Glennconner's life is both completely bizarre and at times utterly tragic. Even if you know very little about the aristocracy or royal family thi... READ MORE
Hayley Metcalfe

Synopsis

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year 2020 The remarkable life of Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret who was also a Maid of Honour at the Queen's Coronation - and is a character in The Crown this autumn. Anne Glenconner reveals the real events behind The Crown as well as her own life of drama, tragedy and courage, with the wonderful wit and extraordinary resilience which define her. Anne Glenconner has been close to the Royal Family since childhood. Eldest child of the 5th Earl of Leicester, she was, as a daughter, described as 'the greatest disappointment' by her family as she was unable to inherit. Her childhood home Holkham Hall is one of the grandest estates in England. Bordering Sandringham the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret were frequent playmates. From Maid of Honour at the Queen's Coronation to Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret, Lady Glenconner is a unique witness to royal history, as well as an extraordinary survivor of a generation of aristocratic women trapped without inheritance and burdened with social expectations. She married the charismatic but highly volatile Colin Tennant, Lord Glenconner, who became the owner of Mustique. Together they turned the island into a paradise for the rich and famous, including Mick Jagger and David Bowie, and it became a favourite retreat for Princess Margaret. But beneath the glitz and glamour there has also lurked tragedy. On Lord Glenconner's death in 2010 he left his fortune to a former employee. And of their five children, two grown-up sons died, while a third son had to be nursed back from a coma by Anne, after having suffered a near fatal accident. Anne Glenconner writes with extraordinary wit, generosity and courage and she exposes what life was like in her gilded cage, revealing the role of her great friendship with Princess Margaret, and the freedom she can now finally enjoy in later life. She also appeared as a character in the The Crown. 

  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • ISBN: 9781529359107
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 260g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 28 mm

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Lady in Waiting
Lady in Waiting to the Queen
Absolutely adored this book and it took me back to my adored grandmother’s days. I would highly recommend it.
Anthea Vernell
Lady in Waiting
Fascinating read.
This book is excellent and gives you a real feeling for the person being written about. The author clearly has a great regard and admiration for her subjec... READ MORE
Pamela Payne
Lady in Waiting
What an interesting life!
Very enjoyable read. Well written, with humour and in an honest and humbling manner. I thank the authour for opening her home and heart to us. What a Lady!
Maite Plimmer
Lady in Waiting
Entertaining read
Really enjoyed reading this book as it is a door to seeing how other people live their life so unlike your own upbringing also it showed Princess Margaret ... READ MORE
Rosemary Richards
Lady in Waiting
You won’t be able to put this memoir down!
I was inspired to buy this book after watching an interview with Anne Glenconner on TV. I thoroughly enjoyed her memoir, which exemplifies her pragmatic an... READ MORE
Doris
Lady in Waiting
Lady in Waiting by Anne Glenconner
I really enjoyed this book. So interesting and a page turner. It was skilfully written and gave great insights into her life. Anne survived so many tragedi... READ MORE
Eileen O'Hare
Lady in Waiting
Fascinating
I enjoyed this book it was a rare insight into a period of history much of which was familiar to me. However the story behind newspaper headlines or TV new... READ MORE
Gina Slann