The highly acclaimed unexpurgated notes taken by James Pope-Hennessy for his official biography of Queen Mary, the present Queen's grandmother. Published in full for the first time and edited by much-admired royal biographer Hugo Vickers.
'A scary portrait of put-upon servants and potty aristos ... this is arguably the most riotously funny volume published this year'
Max Hastings, Sunday Times
'One of the funniest, most eccentric books of the year'
Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
When James Pope-Hennessy began his work on Queen Mary's official biography, it opened the door to meetings with royalty, court members and retainers around Europe. The series of candid observations, secrets and indiscretions contained in his notes were to be kept private for 50 years. Now published in full for the first time and edited by the highly admired royal biographer Hugo Vickers, this is a riveting, often hilarious portrait of the eccentric aristocracy of a bygone age.
Giving much greater insight into Queen Mary than the official version, and including sharply observed encounters with, among others, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Duke of Gloucester, and a young Queen Elizabeth, THE QUEST FOR QUEEN MARY is set to be a classic of royal publishing.
Hugo Vickers is the literary trustee to the Cecil Beaton estate. Hugo Vickers is the biographer of Cecil Beaton, Vivien Leigh, Princess Andrew of Greece (mother of the Duke of Edinburgh), Gladys, Duchess of Marlborough. His book The Biss won the Stern Silver Pen for Non-Fiction in 1996. He edited the first volume of Cecil Beaton's Diaries, The Unexpurgated Beaton, in 2002.