Tuesday, March 28, 2017

BRITISH BOOK CLUB -- THE FINAL CURTSEY by Margaret Rhodes

I joined a book club for the very first time.  And the one I joined is an on-line one that is held in Shropshire, England.  I found it when I subscribed to a vlog called "Royal Reviewer."  Elliot who owns the vlog is a lover of the British royal family and posts all sorts of interesting things about them.  Every Saturday night at 10:00 p.m. for him (5:00 p.m. for me) he does a live chat.  Most of the time I am able to catch at least part of them.  One week about a month ago he said that the next week would be the beginning of the Book Club discussion and this was the book they would be reading.  Wow!  I was intrigued.  Not only was it British and American people who would be reading the book, but Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians and Indians.  Some are from Bermuda.  Some from Ireland or Scotland.  Two are from France.  When else would I get the chance to join an international Book Club?  So I went to Amazon, got the book for my Kindle, and began reading it.

What an amazing book!  It is the autobiography of Margaret Rhodes who was the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth.  She recently died and that is what made Elliot think to read this book.

Margaret Rhodes led such an interesting life.  She traveled all over the world not just for her own pleasure, but as an ambassador for the Queen.  She became a lady-in-waiting in her later life for her aunt, the Queen Mother.  Margaret's mother was the older sister of Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mum).

Here is the Google synopsis of the book:

Filled with charming anecdotes, fascinating characters, and personal photographs, this intimate and revealing autobiography of Margaret Rhodes—Queen Elizabeth II’s first cousin and niece to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother—offers unparalleled insight into the private life of the British monarchy. Detailed and often touching, this account chronicles Margaret’s birth into the Scottish aristocracy, her years working for the Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, and her appointment as Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen Mother. Describing the Queen Mother’s final days, this edition also celebrates happy occasions, including the weddings of Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip and Prince William to Kate Middleton.

So if you like autobiographies, or the British royal family, or both I would recommend this book to you.

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8 comments:

  1. It does sound interesting. Enjoy that book club! 📚

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    1. Thanks, Vee. We were given the second book and I'm about 1/4 of the way through even though we haven't had our first discussion yet.

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  2. That sounds like a GREAT book, Kathy....and what fun to belong to a book club like that! What an interesting thing to do. Good for you for taking the steps to do that. xo Diana

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    1. It is a lot of fun to hear the ideas of people from a completely different culture.

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  3. I'm not much for biographies or autobiographies, but this one does sound very interesting! Thanks for the review! Please let us know what you all read next!

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    1. It was very interesting. They were in some countries in the Middle East when coups broke out and so on.

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  4. Kathy, This would make a good movie. I love English movies. Hope you and Joe are doing well. Seeing some spring weather too. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  5. It sounds like an interesting book to read. I have been enjoying British tv via Roku, a streaming devise. Recently I've been watching "You Can't Get Good Help" where it's about hiring people to work for you, in England. Good way to see how people live and their houses/castles.

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