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Not in Front of the Corgis: Secrets of Life Behind the Royal Curtains Hardcover – May 15, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The Robson Press (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849541760
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849541763
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brian Hoey has been a writer and broadcaster for over 40 years, covering countless Royal events, including the wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981 and Princess Diana's funeral in 1997. He has written over 25 books, many of them about the British Royal Family given his extensive access. They have all been serialized in leading international newspapers.

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Very informative...as well as interesting!
Janette G. Amos
Even with all the books I've read about the Queen, there was information that was new to me.
Linda Cornelio
The title and description of this book are misleading.
TeeThom

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Ms Winston TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 30, 2012
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(Kindle edition) Brian Hoey has written about the Royal Family for over 40 years, so one assumes that he has more than a passing interest in, and knowledge of, the subject. While some of the stories were new to me (Prince Charles's underwear is new each day, as the previous day's undergarments are thrown away after one wearing), other stories have seemed to make the rounds for years (the late Princess Margaret dismissing a maid for wearing one of her gowns for a night out on the town).

Much time was allowed for detailed descriptions of royal homes, but with no photographs or line drawings to accompany the text these were not exactly the highlights of the book. For me, the most valuable sections dealt with the attitude of the Royals for their servants -- an accident of birth alone makes one person the mistress or master and the other their social "inferior." While we Americans may have gone too far the other way, not being able to sit in the royal presence without permission is something with which I cannot identify. Is it any wonder that those of us who follow the Royals look for the human moments in their stories? I do not think it is an accident that the most popular members of the family (the Princess Royal and the late Princess Diana, to give just two examples)are the ones who seem more involved in "real life." In that regard, Hoey gives good thumbnail sketches of the more prominent members of the family. Having always had a secret admiration for Prince Phillip, I was glad to read that his staff is very loyal to him and that much of his reputation as a martinet is overblown. In most of the stories, dismissed staff members had overstepped their bounds by being too familiar, bounds of which they must have been aware when they were hired.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rosie on October 16, 2012
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This is a poorly written regurgitation of facts. He repeats things written by Stephan Berry in his book Royal Secrets from 1983! Much is made of Civil List amounts and salaries, figures that are inaccurate with no mention made of the revisions and the Sovereign's Grant. Pass this one!
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By funnygirlglenna on March 19, 2012
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I have always felt interested in how the other half (so-to-speak) live. I found it very interesting that no one speaks to the corgis' except the Queen. I just wonder if the Queen is lonely. The book doesn't inform if she ever talks to anyone except the Royal Family or the elite that she deals with in reference to the business of running the country. I remember watching Queen Elizabeth crowing on TV when I was about 8years old. That was when I learned of the reference and respect in which the Queen is shown. I have always been interested in the Royal Family their connections with othe people and the commoners. This book was a very good read, very informative. Thanks
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TeeThom on January 9, 2013
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The title and description of this book are misleading. There really weren't many secrets divulged. Most of the book was about every day working practices of the royal staff. Disappointing to say the least.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A.C. Doyle on April 5, 2012
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I love a good gossip, and this book is full of it. What lives these people lead! I doubt that they can appreciate their money and pampering since they have never known anything else. With the exception of the Queen - poor lady,she seems to do her best with her silly relatives - I can't help but find most of the Royals to be beyond quirky. I wonder if they could "make it" if they had to deal with the reality of most peoples's lives. I can see Charles as a clerk in a shop but not much else. An interesting read, though, if you like that sort of thing as I do.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Steelman on July 14, 2013
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This book made me admire her - and the other members of The Firm - even more. Now I have a good idea of how the Royal household works plus I have a few more tidbits about it and the family it serves. Fascinating stuff for an Anglophile like myself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jefferbelle on August 10, 2014
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I bought this book thinking that there would be at least a chapter or two about the Corgi's, though I knew most of the book was focused elsewhere. I did learn two things about the dogs: only the Queen feeds them, and they often poop in the Palace. Not enough to make the book worth while from that perspective! But I have to admit that I read the entire book with interest, though it is pretty much a dry, obsessively detailed account of who does what job in which Royal building for how much. I am a fan of HRM, have been since I read THE LITTLE PRINCESSES when I was ten, and I took a chance with this book. If you have a lot of time on your hands and you want to get an idea of just how extensive an operation Her Majesty heads up, you might like this book. Otherwise, rent the terrific DVD about Her 50+ years in charge. Or even better, read Alan Bennett's marvelous short novel, AN UNCOMMON READER (guess who?)--full of truth and wondrous humor.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thistlepoppy on January 23, 2012
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On a plane flight this book made the hours go by a little faster. No great piece of literary work but interesting in places.
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