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  • Hardman’s book, filled with new details, will be an essential source for any historian of modern Britain. It’s also a glorious read

    William Shawcross, The Spectator
  • A magisterial book… Robert Hardman brings together every intriguing detail he’s gleaned about how the Queen reigns.

    Daily Mail
  • This is not only the best biography of the Queen in years, it is also laugh-out-loud entertainment

    Daily Express
  • Dazzling, poignant and full of delicious surprises; the true story of how Elizabeth II took on the world – and won. The Crown is fictional. This is the real thing.

    Andrew Roberts
  • By far our most authoritative royal specialist, Hardman is a supremely entertaining storyteller and guide as well outstanding political analyst of the Queen's career as international titan of power and tact. Often hilarious, sometimes moving, always as acute as he is fascinating, there's never a dull moment in the untold diplomatic career of the most famous woman in the world, who has known everybody from monsters like Ceaucescu and Amin to heroes like Mandela and JFK.

    Simon Sebag Montefiore

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