* * ‘Very funny and astute . . . a loathly feast for royal-watchers’
Hilary Mantel, New Statesman Books of the Year 2018
‘Almost every page is a gem’
A. N. Wilson, Spectator Christmas Books ‘A delightful insight into an eclectic life’ The Daily Telegraph
‘A complete delight, conjuring up, with a few sharp strokes of the pen, a mad, exotic species from a world gone by’
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.