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Lady in Waiting By Anne Glenconner

Lady in Waiting
by Anne Glenconner

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The remarkable life of Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret who was also a Maid of Honour at the Queen's Coronation - and is a character in The Crown this autumn. Anne Glenconner reveals the real events behind The Crown as well as her own life of drama, tragedy and courage, with the wonderful wit and extraordinary resilience which define her.
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Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown by Anne Glenconner

**THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER**

'Astonishing'
INDIA KNIGHT, SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE

'Remarkable . . . If your jaw doesn't drop at least three times every chapter, you've not been paying proper attention'
THE SUNDAY TIMES

'Gentle, wise, unpretentious, but above all inspiring'
THE TIMES

'A candid, witty and stylish memoir'
MIRANDA SEYMOUR, FINANCIAL TIMES

'Discretion and honour emerge as the hallmarks of Glenconner's career as a royal servant, culminating in this book which manages to be both candid and kind'
GUARDIAN

'A startling, rare, beguiling insight into a lost world of royalty and celebrity with as many tears as there are titles'
DAILY EXPRESS

'I couldn't put it down. Funny and touching - like looking through a keyhole at a lost world.'
RUPERT EVERETT

'Lady Glenconner's life story is a combination of royal magic, personal tragedy and resilient survival'
TINA BROWN

'It's a total hoot - I can't put it down'
JANET STREET-PORTER, DAILY MAIL

'Marvellous book . . . one's eyes were on stalks'
JAN MOIR, DAILY MAIL

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The remarkable life of Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret who was also a Maid of Honour at the Queen's Coronation. Anne Glenconner reveals the real events behind The Crown as well as her own life of drama, tragedy and courage, with the wonderful wit and extraordinary resilience which define her.

Anne Glenconner has been close to the Royal Family since childhood. Eldest child of the 5th Earl of Leicester, she was, as a daughter, described as 'the greatest disappointment' by her family as she was unable to inherit. Her childhood home Holkham Hall is one of the grandest estates in England. Bordering Sandringham the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret were frequent playmates.

From Maid of Honour at the Queen's Coronation to Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret, Lady Glenconner is a unique witness to royal history, as well as an extraordinary survivor of a generation of aristocratic women trapped without inheritance and burdened with social expectations.

She married the charismatic but highly volatile Colin Tennant, Lord Glenconner, who became the owner of Mustique. Together they turned the island into a paradise for the rich and famous, including Mick Jagger and David Bowie, and it became a favourite retreat for Princess Margaret.

But beneath the glitz and glamour there has also lurked tragedy. On Lord Glenconner's death in 2010 he left his fortune to a former employee. And of their five children, two grown-up sons died, while a third son had to be nursed back from a coma by Anne, after having suffered a near fatal accident.

Anne Glenconner writes with extraordinary wit, generosity and courage and she exposes what life was like in her gilded cage, revealing the role of her great friendship with Princess Margaret, and the freedom she can now finally enjoy in later life.

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Lady in Waiting Reviews


'A remarkable life, remarkably told' * The Sunday Times *
'A funny, sometimes tragic and disarmingly frank memoir . . . Lady in Waiting is gentle, wise, unpretentious, but above all inspiring' * The Times *
'A candid, witty and stylish memoir' -- Miranda Seymour * Financial Times *
'The insider memoir of the year' -- Julian Glover * Evening Standard *
'A startling, rare, beguiling insight into a lost world of royalty and celebrity with as many tears as there are titles' * Daily Express *
'Marvellous book . . . one's eyes were on stalks' -- Jan Moir * Daily Mail *
'[An] astounding memoir' -- India Knight * The Sunday Times Magazine *
'Remarkable . . . If your jaw doesn't drop at least three times every chapter, you've not been paying proper attention' * The Sunday Times *
'It's a total hoot - I couldn't put it down' -- Janet Street-Porter
'A romp of an autobiography' * The Times T2 *
'I couldn't put it down. Funny and touching - like looking through a keyhole at a lost world' -- Rupert Everett
'Lady Glenconner's life story is a combination of royal magic, personal tragedy and resilient survival. With humour, courage and preternatural poise, she at last tells the story of her uniquely fascinating life' -- Tina Brown
'Anne Glenconner has written a remarkable memoir - containing, at last, a genuine portrait of Princess Margaret from one who knew her well. But this book is poignant too, and through the pages shine her courage and good-humoured acceptance of her demons and tragedies' -- Hugo Vickers
'An absolute hoot' * The Times *
'This memoir made me laugh, wince, cry and gasp. For anyone who craves a bracing dose of the older generation's stiff upper lip, Anne Glenconner provides it.' -- Ysenda Maxtone Graham * Daily Mail *
'Wonderful' -- Janice Turner * The Times *
'It's impossible not to admire her fortitude . . . funny and sometimes dazzling' -- Rachel Cooke * Observer *
'Rollicking . . . [Lady in Waiting] paints such a rich picture of the aristocracy it's impossible not to marvel at the institution, both in admiration and horror' * Sydney Morning Herald *
'This outlandish memoir drips with royal tidbits . . . but it's also insightful on the more damaging aspects of being a member of the British aristocracy. Sobering - and terrific fun' * Metro *
'The author reads her own words in indomitable fashion, and anyone who enjoyed Craig Brown's life of Glenconner's former employer, Ma'am Darling, will find this fascinating.' * Financial Times *
'This year's Ma'am Darling - the perfect book to curl up on the sofa with.' * The i *
'This riveting read will leave you open-mouthed and hungry for more.' * Sunday Post *
'Fascinating and beautifully written . . . I can't recommend [Glenconner's] book high enough' * Spectator *
'Captivating' -- Catherine Bennett * Observer *
'Beyond admirable' -- Sophie Money-Coutts * Sunday Telegraph *

About Anne Glenconner


Lady Glenconner is now 87. She was born Lady Anne Coke in 1932, the eldest daughter of the 5th Earl of Leicester, and growing up in their ancestral estate at Holkham Hall in Norfolk. A Maid of Honour at the Queen's Coronation, she married Lord Glenconner in 1956. They had 5 children together of whom 3 survive. In 1958 she and her husband began to transform the island of Mustique into a paradise for the rich and famous. They granted a plot of land to Princess Margaret who built her favourite home there. She was appointed Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret in 1971 and kept this role - accompanying her on many state occasions and foreign tours - until her death in 2002. Lord Glenconner died in 2010, leaving everything in his will to his former employee. She now lives in a farmhouse near Kings Lynn in Norfolk.

Additional information

GOR010083065
Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown by Anne Glenconner
Anne Glenconner
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Hodder & Stoughton
2019-10-17
336
1529359066
9781529359060
N/A
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