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About the Author

Christopher Warwick is the author of several bestselling biographies, among them the original authorized life of Princess Margaret; King George VI & Queen Elizabeth; George & Marina, Duke & Duchess of Kent; Abdication; and Queen Mary's Photograph Albums, based on the legendary Queen's private photographic collection at Windsor Castle. He subsequently wrote The Universal Ustinov, a popular celebration of the life and work of Sir Peter Ustinov. In addition, he has written widely for newspapers and magazines both at home and abroad, and frequently appears on television and radio. He lives in Ascot, Berkshire.

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  • File Size: 1793 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch; 2nd edition (September 2, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 2, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PXUXL8
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Christopher Warwick's biography of the late Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, was published in its first edition in 2003, the year following the Princess' death, and subsequently republished in a second edition in 2011. This is a review of the 2nd edition.

The book presents a very detailed exposition of the public events in the life of the Princess, relying almost exclusively on contemporary newspaper accounts and some accounts from other contemporary media. His selection of source material is directly responsible for the book's two major flaws. By relying almost entirely on the extant published press accounts, the content of the book is mostly limited in scope to the public life of the Princess. With very little material sourced from private interviews with friends or associates, Warwick can only rely on second and third hand anecdotes that occasionally provide a little color beyond the already well-known episodes that captivated the attention of the contemporary royal tabloid and newspaper press.

Entirely missing from this biography is any attempt at trying to examine the Princess' private life, psychology, motivations, passions, and character.

Without the type of in-depth research necessary for a biography of this sort to be successful, Warwick's biography of such a fascinating woman becomes a horribly tedious read--merely page after page rehashing one supposed press frenzy or newspaperman's cook-ed up scandal after the next.

I would have rather spend an afternoon going to microfilm at the library to find the actual newspaper stories on which this book is based rather than having to suffer through Christopher Warwick's tedious prose and endless paraphrasing of one newspaper clipping after the next.

Save yourself the time, and wait for a better biography to come out once her personal letters are released. There's simply nothing new in this biography, and nothing in it worth reading.
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Princess Margaret was a complicated character, and I was hoping to really see her "life of contrasts" brought to life by Mr Warwick. That this book was authorized, and the author was a friend of the princess, perhaps worked against us in really gettomg a clear picture of the princess. I think that through years of friendship and loyalty [the only way you become a freind of a member of the royal family] Warwick may have left out some of the most complex and intriguing aspects of her story. Although a good "run down" of all the ups and downs of Margaret's life, there was nothing here that one couldn't get out of any other book about Margaret -- with the exception of the fact that there weren't the salacious rumors that have been in other books recently put out about the princess.
It would have been interesting to get a better picture about what the princess felt about various things in her life and family-- beyond hating her grandmother Queen Mary (the most interesting tidbit of the whole book)-- but perhaps princess Margaret understood that old maxim that "you should never let daylight in on the majic"
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By G. Sakryd on January 12, 2013
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Good reading and not too sensational. Could have been more informational though on her life after divorce
Not a historical save.
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Very weak. Started off ok, then went right off the rails. Poorly written, and somehow feels like it scates over her life. Very superficial with limited details and no analysis. I really would not recommend this, and wish I had read something else to get an idea of what she was like. She comes out of this badly, but there is so little insight (I guess zero access to any interesting material) I just don't know if this is fair. Try another one.
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