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A Brief History of the Private Life of Elizabeth II

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A Brief History of the Private Life of Elizabeth II by Michael Paterson, book review“Never judge a book by its cover” goes the old saying. Yet that is exactly what I did when I spotted A Brief History of the Private Life of Elizabeth II on Amazon. With a cover picture of a carefree, laughing and relaxed Queen Elizabeth II, on the deck of Britannia and wearing a bright summery blouse, it was such a lovely picture that I immediately wanted to read the book.

The main clue is in the title. With a precursor like “A Brief History”, Michael Paterson’s book was never going to be a lengthy one. Weighing in at something over 200 pages in the print version, it is by its very nature a concise history – to the point, factual (or at least presented as factual), and neatly chronological. Opening in the 1920s, it takes us right up to the present day, as the Queen was approaching her Diamond Jubilee.


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