Queen of Our Times: The Life of Elizabeth II

(10 customer reviews)


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Macmillan; Main Market edition (17 Mar. 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 720 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1529063418
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1529063417
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 18 years and up
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.4 x 5 x 24.2 cm

10 reviews for Queen of Our Times: The Life of Elizabeth II


    One for my forever shelf
    I wanted a special book to keep about the Queen, and this ticks all the boxes.

    There is an interesting family tree at the beginning, going as far back as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. There are a few, not a huge amount, of photographs added. I would like to have seen more but what is there covers the Queen’s life from childhood to the last photograph taken on her last public engagement, meeting with the new PM Liz Truss.

    The author is a well known writer and broadcaster, specializing in the monarchy and history. He has spoken to and interviewed many people who knew the Queen including the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge.

    The book was initially written before the sad death of the Queen so has been updated with an Epilogue written afterwards.

    A fabulous tome I will treasure.

    I was so impressed I bought another copy for a gift.

  2. William H. Milne

    New light on Members of the Royal Family
    This is a most interesting book to read, at this time just after the passing of the Queen. I came to realise how much the Queen owed to her father, King George the Sixth. A s well as setting her a good example he also mentored her in the duties of a constitutional monarch.
    In addition to getting a good view of the Queen’s personal life I also learned much about other members of the Royal Family. For example I had to revise my view of Prince Phillip. I had previously remembered some of his controversial statements. My view changed ,however when I learned some of the details of the good work done by his Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and also his hard efforts for his other Charities
    I also was given a good insight to the hard work done by the Princess Royal. Previously I recalled some negative news of her abruptness. William H. Milne

  3. John Hopper

    comprehensive, never flags and always readable….and now a fitting tribute
    This is a new biography of the Queen and her role published for the Platinum Jubilee earlier this year, taking her life and reign up until the beginning of 2022 (so some of the references to record-breaking and transition are now redundant). It is very comprehensive, covering her personal life, constitutional issues, domestic issues, politics, foreign policy, everything basically. It is very readable though, and never flags or bores at any point.

    Huge amounts have of course been written and broadcast about her since her death just over a month ago and I think many of us are still processing her departure from the scene she has graced for over 70 years…and I am speaking as someone who most of my adult life have thought of myself as intellectually a republican, and never an instinctive monarchist. Maybe it takes an exceptionally long reign like hers to gain an appreciation of the impact of her soft power on world affairs and in providing a centre of national gravity over and above party politics, however hard this is to justify in democratic and meritocratic terms. The book inevitably talks a lot about the Queen’s undoubted sense of duty but the one thing that probably struck me most above everything else was the almost incredible breadth of her experience on the national and world stage, knowing every Prime Minister from Clement Atlee (before she was Queen) to Liz Truss, every US President bar one from Harry Truman to Joe Biden, and almost every major world leader over a period of well over half a century. This is surely a length and breadth of experience that will never be repeated anywhere in the world at this level. I think it is the loss of this that is most striking by its sudden (albeit expected at some point fairly soon) absence. In the words of the author, “unlike other public figures, there is a timelessness about the Queen, all the more so in her later years. She may have aged, like everyone else, but, even after seven decades, she has not dated”.

  4. Kisses

    Book is lovely

  5. Anna Deren

    That was present for X-mas, but my friends start reading now, She said that is interesting story about queen from early childhood. Over 600 pages, with pictures and genealogy tree.

  6. Anna

    Beautiful photographs
    I bought 2 of these books for Xmas presents for friends and both were thrilled and loved it . Great photos and a nice time line of the Queens’s life

  7. frequent shopper

    If you want to read a book on the life of our late Queen Elizabeth 11 – then read this book
    Yes, it’s a large tome of 624 pages (not inc. the Introduction, Acknowledgements and Selected Biographies pages) but i’s worth every typed word and photograph and I loved it.

    It is incredibly well researched, so interesting and I learnt a lot. Thank you Robert Hardman

  8. Phil Fugle

    Book purchase
    Purchased the Queen of our Times book at a very good price and delivery very fast over the Christmas period. Very pleased

  9. nicola jones

    Mum present
    Present for my mother who loves the royal family . Excellent reviews

  10. BRUCE

    Good value for money.
    This is a Christmas present for my niece who is a great fan of the Royal Family.
    It was good value as it is a weighty hardback for £10. I was a little disappointed that the sad passing of the Queen was not featured.

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