The Governess (Paperback)
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The Governess (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 10/06/2021
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The real-life royal tutor, Marion Crawford, deftly recreated in a sweeping saga of privilege and betrayal across the most pivotal decades of the twentieth century.

She came from nothing . . . and raised a Queen.

The drama of the Abdication, the glamour of the Coronation, the trauma of World War II - Marion Crawford, affectionately known as Crawfie, stood by the side of the royal family through it all.

In 1933, a progressive young teacher became governess to the little Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. Determined to give her pupils a fun and normal childhood, she took them on buses, swimming at public baths and Christmas shopping at Woolworths.

For 17 years she served at the heart of the royal family. But her devotion and loyalty counted for nothing when a perceived betrayal brought everything crashing down.

This sweeping, sumptuous novel brings her long-buried story to life and shines a completely new and captivating light into the world's most famous family.

Publisher: Welbeck Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781787396609
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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'[A] beautifully researched and captivating novel . . . Wendy Holden's tender and intimate portrait of Lilibet, the future Queen Elizabeth II, is masterly' - Rachel Hore

'A great book for escaping into . . . I loved this!' - Katie Fforde

'Sensitive, funny and fascinating - this masterful novel gives the reader fly-on-the-wall privileges into the early life of the Queen' -Freya North

'A brilliantly imagined and poignant novel . . . of sacrifice, deep affection, strained loyalties and divided English society in the post-Downton Abbey era' - Elizabeth Buchan

'An intimate view of the royal family at a time of great uncertainty and change . . . Marion Crawford's dedication to her charges, as well as her passion for education and reform, shines through the pages' - Chanel Cleeton

'Wendy Holden absolutely delivers in this perfect blend of story and history . . . lovers of The Crown series on Netflix will adore this!' - Susan Meissner

'I loved, loved, LOVED this book and if it isn't adapted for the screen, I'll eat my crown!' - Erica James

'I adored this wonderful book. What a great story Wendy Holden has told' - Jilly Cooper

'A beautifully woven and exquisitely detailed story' - Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

'A poignant, fictional reimagining of a woman condemned by history, with plenty of modern-day echoes' - Mail on Sunday

'Brilliantly researched . . . I was completely absorbed and transported' - Adele Parks, author of Just My Luck

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“Such an interesting read...”

Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy. It's certainly not the usual type of book that I would have purchased but I can honestly say that I was entirely gripped throughout.
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“Gripping book”

Absolutely loving this book, the story is so gripping and just invites you in to read further into the story.

You definitely won’t be disappointed reading The Governess.

Hardback edition
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“An absolute treat”

The minute I heard about this book I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. As a lifelong royalist I enjoy anything relating to the Royal Family and this fictionalised account of the life of Marion Crawford, who for 17... More

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