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Lady in Waiting

My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown
Written by: Anne Glenconner
Narrated by: Anne Glenconner
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
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Publisher's Summary

International Best Seller

The Times (UK) Memoir of the Year

One of Newsweek's Most Anticipated Books of 2020

An extraordinary memoir of drama, tragedy, and royal secrets by Anne Glenconner - a close member of the royal circle and lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret. As seen on Netflix's The Crown.

Anne Glenconner has been at the center of the royal circle from childhood, when she met and befriended the future Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, the Princess Margaret. Though the firstborn child of the fifth Earl of Leicester, who controlled one of the largest estates in England, as a daughter she was deemed "the greatest disappointment" and unable to inherit. Since then she has needed all her resilience to survive the vipers of court life with her sense of humor intact.

A unique witness to landmark moments in royal history, Maid of Honor at Queen Elizabeth's coronation, and a lady in waiting to Princess Margaret until her death in 2002, Anne's life has encompassed extraordinary drama and tragedy. In Lady in Waiting, she will share many intimate royal stories from her time as Princess Margaret's closest confidante as well as her own battle for survival: her broken-off first engagement on the basis of her "mad blood"; her 54-year marriage to the volatile, unfaithful Colin Tennant, Lord Glenconner, who left his fortune to a former servant; the death in adulthood of two of her sons; a third son she nursed back from a six-month coma following a horrific motorcycle accident. Through it all, Anne has carried on, traveling the world with the royal family, including visiting the White House, and developing the Caribbean island of Mustique as a safe harbor for the rich and famous-hosting Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Raquel Welch, and many other politicians, aristocrats, and celebrities.

With unprecedented insight into the royal family, Lady in Waiting is a witty, candid, dramatic, at times heart-breaking personal story capturing life in a golden cage for a woman with no inheritance.

©2020 Anne Glenconner (P)2020 Hachette Books

What the critics say

"It's a total hoot - I can't put it down." (Janet Street-Porter, Daily Mail)

"Royal obsessives and casual observers alike will devour this memoir by the confidante-a noble herself-of Princess Margaret. Glenconner candidly writes about the unimaginable tragedies she endured in her personal life, and of the gilded affairs she witnessed on the periphery of royal life." (Newsweek)

"Meticulously detailed....[W]hat makes this account fresh and poignant is Glenconner's use of affluent characters to demonstrate the extent to which class trumps power....By unflinchingly examining everything from her troubled marriage and her fraught relationship with her children to the solace she found in service, the author emerges as a flawed yet steely woman worthy of respect. In laying her life bare, she demonstrates the limitations of being a woman in the British class system, showing that privilege is no insulation from suffering or pain. A must-have for loyal royal fans." (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Rita T
  • 2020-03-24

Prime example of why authors should not read...

...their own books. I am hate to return this one because I had pre-ordered it and was so excited but it might be best to get the actual book or the kindle version.

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  • Teddy hall
  • 2020-03-27

Horrible Reading

Prime example of why an author should not read their own material. I don’t know whats worse, the gross sounds of her licking her lips every 10 seconds or her mumbling. I’m extremely disappointed, I have been waiting for this book since 10/2019 and I even preordered it. Save your audible credit and borrow the book from a library!

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  • The Big Man
  • 2020-03-27

What a great story!

I absolutely loved this book. Lady Glenconner has lived a fabulous life and met some very famous people along the way. I especially loved hearing the behind scenes stories about the Coronation and her wedding night made me laugh out loud. Unfortunately, I thought the performance could have been better. Lady Glenconner's hard swallow at the end of a sentence was quite annoying but by the end of the book, I felt as though I was having a personal conversation her and she was telling me her life story.

This book is a peak into the Royal Family but don't expect gossip and dirt. This is a story of an extraordinary woman who just happen to know a few famous people.

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  • June
  • 2020-03-28

A woman of her time

Too amiable, too supportive, too trusting; wonderful insights on British aristocracy. I’d love to have tea with her.