Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret (Paperback)
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Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret (Paperback)

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Published: 28/06/2018
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Savage, witty and sometimes surprisingly sympathetic, Craig Brown deconstructs the privileged bohemia of Princess Margaret and her circle with ruthless pastiche and efficiency.

A Guardian Book of the Year

A Times Book of the Year

A Sunday Times Book of the Year

A Daily Mail Book of the Year

She made John Lennon blush and Marlon Brando clam up. She cold-shouldered Princess Diana and humiliated Elizabeth Taylor. Andy Warhol photographed her.

Jack Nicholson offered her cocaine. Gore Vidal revered her. John Fowles hoped to keep her as his sex-slave. Dudley Moore propositioned her. Francis Bacon heckled her. Peter Sellers was in love with her.

For Pablo Picasso, she was the object of sexual fantasy. "If they knew what I had done in my dreams with your royal ladies" he confided to a friend, "they would take me to the Tower of London and chop off my head!"

Princess Margaret aroused passion and indignation in equal measures. To her friends, she was witty and regal. To her enemies, she was rude and demanding.

In her 1950's heyday, she was seen as one of the most glamorous and desirable women in the world. By the time of her death, she had come to personify disappointment. One friend said he had never known an unhappier woman.

The tale of Princess Margaret is pantomime as tragedy, and tragedy as pantomime. It is Cinderella in reverse: hope dashed, happiness mislaid, life mishandled. 

Combining interviews, parodies, dreams, parallel lives, diaries, announcements, lists, catalogues and essays, Ma'am Darling is a kaleidoscopic experiment in biography, and a witty meditation on fame and art, snobbery and deference, bohemia and high society.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008203634
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 280 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘Ma’am Darling is fascinating. Brown has done something amazing with Ma’am Darling: in my wilder moments, I wonder if he hasn’t reinvented the biographical form’ Observer ‘A biography teeming with the joyous, the ghastly and the clinically fascinating’ Hannah Bett, The Times ‘Consistently hilarious and eye-opening’ Tim Adams, Observer ‘Heaven’ India Knight, Sunday Times ‘The only royal biography of the year worth handing the Queen’s head over for, Ma’am Darling is a modern and unconventional portrait of an old-fashioned princess as distilled and pickled through the genius of Craig Brown’ Helen Davies, Sunday Times ‘Craig Brown has brilliantly drawn together the component parts of a complex woman’ The Oldie ‘A playful, impish approach…Brown gives us lots of wonderful incidental detail…The deftly amused writing constantly tugs the corners of your mouth upwards’ Evening Standard ‘A cross between biography and satire that perfectly displays Brown’s rare skills as journalist and parodist’, Mark Lawson, Guardian, Books of the Year ‘Hugely entertaining … brilliantly written, with a wonderful sardonic edge but also a thoughtful, at times even moving tone’ Spectator ‘If you want a book that will have you punching your pillow in helpless laughter, this is it. Moreover, he has invented an entirely new genre, of which it is a masterpiece … The list of the Princess's 'rumoured' lovers – up to and wickedly including Dusty Springfield – sparked my decision to buy this book as a Christmas present for everybody I know, and for those I don't.’ Country Life ‘Hilarious’ Sunday Telegraph ‘Brilliant’ Evening Standard ‘Craig Brown achieves the impossible by finding a tone in which to write about monarchy. Not bitchy, not snide, not angry, but not fawning nor deferential either. Just funny.’ David Hare, Guardian

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“A Larger Than Life Woman”

I found Princess Margaret to be an interesting person to read about, because I didn't know much about her to begin with. I remember when I was younger I visited one of the royal palaces (I can't remember... More

Hardback edition
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“A witty demolition”

Ninety-nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret is a witty demolition of the Queen's younger sister. I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the flights of fancy where the author imagines what her life might have been like... More

Paperback edition
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“An unconventional biography for an unconventional Royal.”

Biographies of members of the Royal Family tend to fall into one of two distinct and polarised camps; the glowing hagiography that praises its worthy subject as a modern-day saint, or the hatchet job that outright... More

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