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The diaries of 'Tommy' Lascelles - as featured in the Netflix hit THE CROWN.

As Assistant Private Secretary to four monarchs, 'Tommy' Lascelles had a ringside seat from which to observe the workings of the royal household and Downing Street during the first half of the 20th century.

These fascinating diaries begin with Edward VIII's abdication and end with George VI's death and his daughter Elizabeth's Coronation. In between we see George VI at work and play, a portrait more intimate than any other previously published.

This compelling account also includes Princess Margaret's relationship with Peter Townsend, and throws an intriguing new light on the way in which King George VI and Winston Churchill worked together during the Second World War.

Lascelles was a fine writer - like most of the best diaries his are a delight to listen to as well as being invaluable history.

©2020 Duff Hart-Davis (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Brilliantly entertaining and historically priceless." (Spectator

"Fascinating...as much a contribution to royal legend as to the history of the war." (Daily Telegraph

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  • Phil A.
  • 16-02-2021

Fascinating

A truly great tale of a great man and superbly narrated by the actor who played Tommy Lascelles in the Netflix series 'The Crown'.

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  • ValleyGirl
  • 30-01-2021

Hugely interesting

A thoroughly enjoyable and interesting listen. I would have been happy to have heard more diary entries were there to have been them. It will be a book I return to at some point in the future.

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  • claire gibbs
  • 03-01-2021

Recommended

Very very interesting .
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this purchase but I couldn’t put it down once I started.

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  • phantom lover
  • 04-12-2020

A great listen

I adored this book. It kept me interested all the way through. Great narration from Pip Torrens. (Who incidentally plays Lascelles in The Crown) I listened to it over 2 days. Having recently watched all 4 seasons of The Crown, in which Lascelles features frequently , it helped to put things around the abdication/ ii ww into perspective.


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  • J Peers
  • 24-11-2020

Fascinating

Fascinating insight into the period, little snipets of history from a different perspective. Excellent narrator and very easy to listen to..

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