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A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George III by [Janice Hadlow]

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Editorial Reviews


Fascinating . . . . Hadlow paints subtle psychological portraits . . . . [She] has extensively researched this story, never rushing through the ‘highlights' and giving a full picture of the family members in all their facets. She even dares to touch on the endless boredom of life at court . . . without ever becoming boring herself.” ―The New York Times Book Review

“Janice Hadlow's A Royal Experiment is a masterpiece. Beautifully written, impeccably researched, this heartbreaking narrative of family dysfunction and royal sacrifice is an absolute page-turner.” ―Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire and A World on Fire

From the first pages of Janice Hadlow's enthralling A Royal Experiment you know you are in the hands of a master narrator as well as a profoundly perceptive historian. And like all great historical writing, the book transcends its immediate story--gripping and moving though that is--to be a timeless reflection on the human condition.” ―Simon Schama, whose works include The Embarrassment of Riches and The Story of the Jews

“Hadlow presents a richer portrait of the regent, showing him as son, husband and father as well as ruler. . . . A Royal Experiment will appeal to lovers of biography, Georgian England or royal scandal.” ―Shelf Awareness

Particularly incisive--and, it should be stressed, completely accessible.” ―Booklist (Starred review)

[A] fascinating, story-filled account. . . . In this densely detailed yet fast-paced book, as drama follows drama, the interest never flags. Each story is a revelation. . . . [George III and his family's] experience prefigures an enduring royal dilemma--how to live a private life in the glare of publicity.” ―The Guardian

“Positive and poignant . . . . Lovers of biography and those intrigued by dynastic and royal life should enjoy it.” ―Library Journal

“In this engrossing and thorough portrait . . . . Hadlow provides a critical, yet compassionate and intimate account of George III's trials and tribulations in undertaking to create the ideal family.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Hadlow debuts with a new take on England's King George III . . . . a better parent than his great-grandfather George I, who had his own son arrested, and a better husband than his flagrantly philandering grandfather George II . . . . [He] aimed to make the royal family a moral example to the nation . . . . Enjoyable for its vivid depiction of several varieties of royal lifestyles--and plenty of royal gossip.” ―Kirkus Reviews

Truly engrossing. George III and his relatives give us the ultimate family saga; it almost defies belief that these events really happened. A real-life period drama to lose yourself in.” ―Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces

“In readable prose, with a welter of detail, Hadlow succeeds in her considerable task . . . . enlivened by Hadlow's infectious enthusiasm.” ―The Telegraph

[A] colorful and brilliantly narrated royal chronicle . . . . Excellent both in her narrative skill and her scholarship, Hadlow . . . . has produced a perceptive, lively and wonderfully enjoyable book.” ―The Sunday Times

Engrossing . . . . Hadlow, an accomplished storyteller, assembles . . . a picture full of emotional colour and drama, which still resonates today.” ―The Times

“Republicans and royalists alike will enjoy Janice Hadlow's authoritative debut, which looks at the strange world of the Hanoverian court . . . with wit and compassion . . . . A book that has all the flair and engaging storytelling as the documentaries that Hadlow was responsible for commissioning in her former roles in broadcasting [at the BBC].” ―The Observer

“In Janice Hadlow, George III and Queen Charlotte have a sympathetic yet scrupulous biographer who has spent years studying their court. The tale she tells is . . . engaging, written with verve and supported by a narrative eye doubtless honed during her years as a BBC controller.” ―The Times Literary Supplement

Utterly engrossing . . . . Narrative history at its best from an impressive new talent in the genre.” ―BBC History Magazine

A page turner . . . . [Hadlow has] handled the story with detailed scholarship and fun. There are intensely vivid insights . . . . [An] enthralling book.” ―Country Life

“[One of the season's] biographies to watch out for.” ―Vogue Fall 2014 Books Guide

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About the Author

Janice Hadlow has worked at the BBC for 28 years, including more than 10 years as a top executive. She was educated at comprehensive school in Swanley, in north Kent, and graduated with a BA in history from King's College London. She currently lives in Bath. A Royal Experiment is her first book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • File Size : 6447 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publication Date : November 18, 2014
  • Print Length : 704 pages
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 75 ratings