Monday, February 7, 2011


: An intimate portrait of Elizabeth II
by Carolly Erickson

This biography was an interesting and informative account of the Queen's life from birth on. The author seemed to be trying to respect Her Majesty's dignity while providing enough humorous anecdotes and hints of scandal to keep the book interesting. I'm not sure whether she thinks her boring or fascinating but appropriately reserved.

From the title "Intimate Portrait" I expected that the book was written by someone with firsthand knowledge of the Queen, but this is not the case. There are many quotations from books and other sources.

I enjoyed reading it and would recommend this book. It wasn't dull.

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