• Elizabeth and Margaret

  • The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters
  • By: Andrew Morton
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins

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Publisher's Summary

For fans of the Netflix series The Crown and from the New York Times best-selling author of 17 Carnations comes a captivating biography of Queen Elizabeth II and her sister Margaret.

They were the closest of sisters and the best of friends. But when, in a quixotic twist of fate, their uncle Edward Vlll decided to abdicate the throne, the dynamic between Elizabeth and Margaret was dramatically altered. Forever more Margaret would have to curtsey to the sister she called 'Lillibet'. And bow to her wishes.

Elizabeth would always look upon her younger sister's antics with a kind of stoical amusement, but Margaret's struggle to find a place and position inside the royal system - and her fraught relationship with its expectations - was often a source of tension. Famously, the queen had to inform Margaret that the church and government would not countenance her marrying a divorcee, Group Captain Peter Townsend, forcing Margaret to choose between keeping her title and royal allowances or her divorcee lover.

From the idyll of their cloistered early life, through their hidden war-time lives, into the divergent paths they took following their father's death and Elizabeth's ascension to the throne, this book explores their relationship over the years. Andrew Morton's latest biography offers unique insight into these two drastically different sisters - one resigned to duty and responsibility, the other resistant to it - and the lasting impact they have had on the Crown, the royal family and the ways it adapted to the changing mores of the 20th century.

©2021 Andrew Morton (P)2021 W F Howes

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  • Angelcritique
  • 10-30-21

Ruined by narrator

Moreton tells a good tale but what ever is wrong with this narrator? Her delivery moves from from incisive and nasal assault to gentle and lilting all within a single sentence. It drove me nuts. I had to listen in stages to get to the end.

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  • Betty
  • 04-28-21

Worth considering

Interesting read but as an audio book the narrators voice is grating. I would have returned it but was unable to. Make sure you sample first and can tolerate the voice.

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