Title: Lady In Waiting
Authors: Glenconner, Anne
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 321
Year: 2019
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Language: English
Description: A Maid of Honour at the Queen's Coronation and former Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret, Anne Glenconner has spent her life as a friend of the royal family.

The eldest child of the 5th Earl of Leicester, she knew as a daughter she would not inherit the vast ancestral Holkham Hall or the family fortune. Bred and brought up instead to secure an eligible husband, she was to fall for the charismatic Colin Tennant (later Lord Glenconner), who would go on to buy Mustique in the Caribbean, turning it into the world's most exclusive private island. The parties and guests were legendary, but the marriage was to prove a test of every strength Anne possessed.

On Mustique, Anne's friendship with Princess Margaret, which began in childhood, grew ever closer. Becoming her lady in waiting, she could escape her difficult marriage to travel the world on diplomatic missions from Australia to America, Canada and Africa.

Tragedy engulfed Anne when she lost two of her grown-up sons, and nursed her third son out of a coma after a motorbike accident.

Lord Glenconner died in 2010, leaving his entire fortune to a former employee. It was the last sting in the tail, yet Anne has gone on to enjoy the freedom it's given her, finally out of the shadow of the crown and her husband, and with the resilience and humour that defines her, reminding us that all that glitters is not gold. [Taken from book blurb, Hodder Books]

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Both my husband and I rated this book highly. I hope it is added to the catalogue."

"The author writes easily and well and the book is actually very hard to put down (to my surprise!)."

"Lots of interesting snippets about a life that seems incredible now but was entirely 'normal' for the times and her class."

"A very interesting insight into life in the aristocracy, or at least how it used to be."

"It was fascinating to learn of the purchase and development of the Caribbean island of Mustique."

'You can't help but roll your eyes at times when she details the excesses in their lives (travel, purchases, expectations)."

"Talk about a life well lived! Mine is looking extremely dull in comparison."

"There's apparent candour about her family and others but it's done with some tact and discretion. They probably still talk to her post-publication!"

Categories: Non fiction, Biography, Social commentary/perspectives, UK, 2022 Titles - Coming Soon


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