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How did a photographer who was a relentless playboy, an unashamed womaniser and a leather-clad motorcyclist marry the queen's sister and become the establishment figure Lord Snowdon? The brilliantly talented Antony Armstrong-Jones often humiliated Princess Margaret, yet he was compassionate to the causes he cared about. Since his death in 2017, Snowdon still hasn't escaped the limelight, as more and more is revealed about his wild and intriguing life.

Written with exclusive access to Snowdon and the people closest to him, this book uncovers the real man and his times. Addressing the facts behind the myths - the secret courtship of Margaret, the love-child born just weeks after the royal marriage, the affairs on both sides, the suicide of one mistress and the birth of an illegitimate son to another - this is a balanced yet no-holds-barred account of Snowdon's life.

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  • Louisa
  • 28-06-2021

Needs to be re-recorded

I’ve listened to about an hour and a half of the book and with great regret, I am going to return it. I had very much been looking forward to hearing this audiobook as I am a huge fan of Anne de Courcy and her entertaining and informative biographies. However, the reading has been badly mismanaged. Fairly basic (in the context of this book) names and expressions like Magdalene College and Glyndebourne are completely mispronounced while there are also general stress-pattern errors e.g. May ball pronounced as if it were a “perhaps ball”. I could not really judge the content as I was rigid with anticipation of the next mistake - the feeling was somewhat akin to nails being scraped along a blackboard. The recording seems not to have been checked for basic errors while, in addition, the reading is generally poor and monotonous. My review does not reflect the content of the book which I am not in a position to judge and I am going to buy the physical book.

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  • Susan Warren
  • 26-06-2021

Excellent book, irritating narration

As always with Anne de Courcy biographies this was very well researched and written. It definitely showed the different sides of Snowdon from the hopeless and often cruel husband and indifferent lover to the man who cared about humanity, especially the handicapped (can we still use that expression?). I found the narration annoying though with his frequent mispronunciation of words which should have been corrected surely? Wish I’d bought it as a paper book.

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  • Phil Sumner
  • 23-07-2021

Remarkable Story of a quite remarkable man!

Loved the book really liked the narrator...I will definitely be buying another of the authors works!!

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  • judith m.
  • 18-07-2021

Poor pronunciation

Narrator can't pronounce lots of English proper nouns. Cecil, Magdalen, Oundle, Haileybury, preparatory. It grates especially as this is a story of upper-class England. Have only got as far as Oxford. Let's hope editors stepped in.

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