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William Shawcross
Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth by William ShawcrossElizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes Lyon, the youngest daughter of the Earl of Strathmore, was born on 4 August 1900. It might reasonably have been expected that she would lead a life of ease and privilege but few could have imagined the profound effect she would have on Britain and its people.

Queen Elizabeth’s long life spanned the whole of the twentieth century and this official biography tells not only her story but, through it, that of the country she loved so devotedly. Drawing on her private correspondence and other hitherto unpublished material from the Royal Archives, William Shawcross vividly reveals the qualities that endeared her to those who knew and loved her personally and to the nation as a whole. Covering a lifetime’s progression - the witty girl who endeared herself to soldiers convalescing at Glamis in the First World War; the assured young Duchess of York; the Queen, at last feeling able to look the East End in the face at the height of the Blitz; the Queen Mother, constant and supportive to both her family and her country throughout her long widowhood, this is the conclusive study of one of the twentieth century’s most extraordinary, beloved, and iconic women.

National Bestseller

Length: 1,096 pp
Setting: UK, world
Period: 20th century

Canadian rights, HarperCollins Canada
UK rights, Macmillan
US rights, Knopf

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William Shawcross  
William Shawcross is an internationally renowned writer and broadcaster. As well as being the author of several highly acclaimed books on subjects as wide-ranging as the Shah of Iran and Rupert Murdoch, he appears regularly on television and radio. His articles have appeared in leading newspapers and journals throughout the world. He lives in London.
William Shawcross’s website can be found at


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