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'[A] marvellous book ... hilarious and deeply touching' The Times
'A scary portrait of put-upon servants and potty aristos ... this is arguably the most riotously funny volume published this year' Max Hastings, Sunday Times
'One of the funniest, most eccentric books of the year' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
'Very illuminating and entertaining ... this book is a delight' Simon Heffer, The Telegraph
'I wonder if this will be the year's surprise Christmas bestseller? The wonderful Quest for Queen Mary keeps on advancing through word of mouth ...' Robert Harris
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When James Pope-Hennessy began his work on Queen Mary's official biography, it opened the door to meetings with royalty, court members and retainers around Europe. The series of candid observations, secrets and indiscretions contained in his notes were to be kept private for 50 years. Now published in full for the first time and edited by the highly admired royal biographer Hugo Vickers, this is a riveting, often hilarious portrait of the eccentric aristocracy of a bygone age.
Giving much greater insight into Queen Mary than the official version, and including sharply observed encounters with, among others, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Duke of Gloucester, and a young Queen Elizabeth, The Quest for Queen Mary is set to be a classic of royal publishing.