The Queen: A Life In Brief by Robert LaceyThe Queen: A Life In Brief by Robert Lacey

The Queen: A Life In Brief

byRobert Lacey

Paperback | May 15, 2012

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the Queen

Elizabeth II was not born to be queen. She came into the world on April 21, 1926, the equivalent of the modern Princess Beatrice, first-born daughter of the Duke of York, destined to flutter on the royal fringe. So while Lilibet was brought up with almost religious respect for the crown, there seemed no chance of her inheriting it. Her head was never turned by the personal prospect of grandeur—which is why she would prove so very good at her job. Elizabeth II's lack of ego was to prove the paradoxical secret of her greatness.

For more than thirty years, acclaimed author and royal biographer Robert Lacey has been gathering material from members of the Queen's inner circle—her friends, relatives, private secretaries, and prime ministers. Now, in The Queen, Lacey offers a life of the celebrated monarch, told in six succinct chapters, accentuated by elegant color and black-and-white photographs that capture the distinctive flavor of passing eras and reveal how Elizabeth II adapted—or, on occasions, regally declined to adapt—to changing times.

Robert Lacey is theNew York Timesbestselling author of twenty books, includingThe Queen;Ford: The Men and the Machine;The Year 1000; andInside the Kingdom. He lives in London.
Title:The Queen: A Life In BriefFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.4 inPublished:May 15, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062124463

ISBN - 13:9780062124463


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Not bad. The first book I've read on her so I was kind of going in blind with some of the political situations etc. It spent too long on some parts and too little on others which bugged me but all around not bad.
Date published: 2017-01-22

Editorial Reviews

“Lacey employs a meticulous, fluid writing style that steers clear of tabloid-type sensationalism for a restrained, dignified approach and a level of intimacy with more than a few emotional peaks.”