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Not in Front of the Corgis: Secrets of Life Behind the Royal Curtains (Anglais) Broché – 4 octobre 2012

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The Windsors are England s most famous family, but what are they really like when they re out of the public gaze? Behind closed doors in every Royal residence, from Buckingham Palace to Clarence House, there are two families one upstairs and one down and nobody knows a Royal quite like a Royal servant, intimately acquainted as they are with every quirk, foible and eccentricity. And there are a fair few! This is the inside story of the Royal Family through the eyes of those who know them best, a sneak peek behind the ermine-trimmed curtains to reveal what they really get up to in their spare time. Are they just like us? Or are they are a world apart? Here are the answers to everything we ve ever wondered about the Royals: which programmes does the Queen watch on TV? What music did the Queen Mother listen to? Who can drive and who can t? What is it like to attend a dinner party thrown by Charles and Camilla? Who are the most popular (and most unpopular!) Royals to work for and why? Not in Front of the Corgis is the real Upstairs Downstairs a unique and fascinating collection of all the secrets you ever wanted to know about the Royal Family.

Biographie de l'auteur

Brian Hoey has been a writer and broadcaster for over 40 years, covering countless royal events, including the wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981 and Princess Diana's funeral in 1997. he has written over 25 books, many of them about the british royal family, given his extensive access.

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  • Broché: 224 pages
  • Editeur : Robson Press; Édition : Reprint (4 octobre 2012)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1849544115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849544115
  • Dimensions du produit: 19,6 x 12,7 x 1,5 cm
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par lawrie le 19 juin 2014
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Rien de palpitant dans ce livre, la promesse du titre n'est pas tenue! Il me reste 30% du livre à lire et je n'en ai pas envie!tres decevant
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Mildly Interesting Account of the Royals 30 janvier 2012
Par Ms Winston - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
(Kindle edition) Brian Hoey has written about the Royal Family for over 40 years, so one assumes that he has more than a passing interest in, and knowledge of, the subject. While some of the stories were new to me (Prince Charles's underwear is new each day, as the previous day's undergarments are thrown away after one wearing), other stories have seemed to make the rounds for years (the late Princess Margaret dismissing a maid for wearing one of her gowns for a night out on the town).

Much time was allowed for detailed descriptions of royal homes, but with no photographs or line drawings to accompany the text these were not exactly the highlights of the book. For me, the most valuable sections dealt with the attitude of the Royals for their servants -- an accident of birth alone makes one person the mistress or master and the other their social "inferior." While we Americans may have gone too far the other way, not being able to sit in the royal presence without permission is something with which I cannot identify. Is it any wonder that those of us who follow the Royals look for the human moments in their stories? I do not think it is an accident that the most popular members of the family (the Princess Royal and the late Princess Diana, to give just two examples)are the ones who seem more involved in "real life." In that regard, Hoey gives good thumbnail sketches of the more prominent members of the family. Having always had a secret admiration for Prince Phillip, I was glad to read that his staff is very loyal to him and that much of his reputation as a martinet is overblown. In most of the stories, dismissed staff members had overstepped their bounds by being too familiar, bounds of which they must have been aware when they were hired.

I think the book will be of great interest to those who can never get enough of the Royals and those who want to know salary grades, duties of the staff and servants, with some personal information on the royal family thrown in. I disagree with the reviewer who feels that the author dislikes the Royal Family. Just because one doesn't worship at the shrine doesn't mean one hates or dislikes one's subject matter. As to the Kindle edition, I appreciate that we were given the cover of the book with the picture of the adorable Corgi, not just the title page as is often the case with e-books. There were a few typos, but nothing of significance. My e-book was without pictures, and I do not know if that was the case with the print edition. It is a book that cries out for illustrations!
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Oh, it's just fun! 5 avril 2012
Par A.C. Doyle - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I love a good gossip, and this book is full of it. What lives these people lead! I doubt that they can appreciate their money and pampering since they have never known anything else. With the exception of the Queen - poor lady,she seems to do her best with her silly relatives - I can't help but find most of the Royals to be beyond quirky. I wonder if they could "make it" if they had to deal with the reality of most peoples's lives. I can see Charles as a clerk in a shop but not much else. An interesting read, though, if you like that sort of thing as I do.
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Brits are always interesting 19 mars 2012
Par funnygirlglenna - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have always felt interested in how the other half (so-to-speak) live. I found it very interesting that no one speaks to the corgis' except the Queen. I just wonder if the Queen is lonely. The book doesn't inform if she ever talks to anyone except the Royal Family or the elite that she deals with in reference to the business of running the country. I remember watching Queen Elizabeth crowing on TV when I was about 8years old. That was when I learned of the reference and respect in which the Queen is shown. I have always been interested in the Royal Family their connections with othe people and the commoners. This book was a very good read, very informative. Thanks
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Save Your Money 16 octobre 2012
Par Rosie - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a poorly written regurgitation of facts. He repeats things written by Stephan Berry in his book Royal Secrets from 1983! Much is made of Civil List amounts and salaries, figures that are inaccurate with no mention made of the revisions and the Sovereign's Grant. Pass this one!
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Par Bellabell - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I bought this book thinking that there would be at least a chapter or two about the Corgi's, though I knew most of the book was focused elsewhere. I did learn two things about the dogs: only the Queen feeds them, and they often poop in the Palace. Not enough to make the book worth while from that perspective! But I have to admit that I read the entire book with interest, though it is pretty much a dry, obsessively detailed account of who does what job in which Royal building for how much. I am a fan of HRM, have been since I read THE LITTLE PRINCESSES when I was ten, and I took a chance with this book. If you have a lot of time on your hands and you want to get an idea of just how extensive an operation Her Majesty heads up, you might like this book. Otherwise, rent the terrific DVD about Her 50+ years in charge. Or even better, read Alan Bennett's marvelous short novel, AN UNCOMMON READER (guess who?)--full of truth and wondrous humor.
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