Lady in Waiting by Anne Glenconner audiobook

Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown

By Anne Glenconner
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Discover untold secrets with this extraordinary memoir of drama and tragedy by Anne Glenconner—a close member of the royal circle and lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret.  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 5th 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 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. New York Times Bestseller USA Today Bestseller The Sunday Times Bestseller The Globe and Mail Bestseller ABA Indie Bestseller The Times (UK) Memoir of the Year One of Newsweek's Most Anticipated Books of 2020

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New York Times bestseller

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Biographies of Royalty

A #1 iBooks bestseller in Biographies & Memoirs

A London Times Pick of Memoir of the Year

USA Today bestseller

Sunday Times (London) bestseller

A Newsweek Pick of Most Anticipated Books of the Year

A Publishers Weekly Pick of New and Notable Titles

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

Discover untold secrets with this extraordinary memoir of drama and tragedy by Anne Glenconner—a close member of the royal circle and lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret. 

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 5th 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 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.

New York Times Bestseller
USA Today Bestseller
The Sunday Times Bestseller

The Globe and Mail Bestseller
ABA Indie Bestseller
The Times (UK) Memoir of the Year
One of Newsweek's Most Anticipated Books of 2020

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

This memoir of consorting with Princess Margaret and the royal family is remarkable. The Sunday Times (UK)
"A smart, dishy, and truly touching autobiography."—Town & Country
"Discretion and honor emerge as the hallmarks of Glenconner's career as a royal servant, culminating in this book which manages to be both candid and kind."—The Guardian
"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
"As her memoir makes clear, her capacity 'to get on with life and not dwell,' even in the most extreme circumstances, is heroic. There is, nevertheless, a vein of quiet anger. The book is a retaliation as much as a reminiscence. It is also a finely drawn double portrait. Margaret is in the foreground, spotlit, while behind her Glenconner's life plays out with such self-effacing matter-of-factness that it takes time for the reader to realise that of these two intertwined biographies Glenconner's is by far the more remarkable....Glenconner has an eye for detail, and if her picture of Princess Margaret dwells on the positives, it makes no attempt to conceal the difficulties....Lady Anne brings out a touchingly naive side of Margaret's character, visible only to an insider familiar with the realities of royal life....Her book is partly a meditation on how much or how little she could have done differently. Although regret isn't in her emotional register, there is an unmistakable sadness when she remembers certain things, especially about her children, and her 'heart sinks.'"—London Review of Books
"Astounding memoir."—India Knight
A page-turner, filled with humor and tragedy. Carleton Varney, Palm Beach Daily News
"Stalwart and disarmingly honest....Emotion resonates through this delightful memoir...candid, humorous."—The Wall Street Journal
"One of the most enjoyable books of 2019."—Alison Pearson, The Sunday Telegraph
"Riveting...[Anne's] stiff upper lip never quivers."—Oprah Magazine
Anne Glenconner's life story is a combination of royal magic, personal tragedy and resilient survival. With humor, courage, and preternatural poise, Anne Glenconner triumphed over all of it and at last tells the story of her uniquely fascinating life. Tina Brown
"Rollicking... a fascinating, anthropological portrait of the... privilege-soaked world of the British aristocracy... extraordinary anecdotes... Anne's book paints such a rich picture of the aristocracy it's impossible not to marvel at the institution, both in admiration and horror."—Sydney Morning Herald
"Extraordinary."—Loose Women
Lady in Waiting...will make you laugh and cry and gasp....At the heart is loss, grief, stoicism, and love. Airmail
"Lady Glenconner provides an open and honest look into the private lives of England's royal family and the most elite members of society. The author's sense of humor shines through in her writing, bringing levity to some of the difficult times that peppered her life."—Library Journal (starred review)
"I couldn't put it down. Funny and touching - like looking through a keyhole at a lost world."—Rupert Everett
"It's a total hoot - I can't put it down."—Janet Street-Porter, Daily Mail
A must-read book of the year. Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
"A remarkable memoir--containing, at last, a genuine portrait of Princess Margaret from one who knew her well. But this book is poignant too, and through the pages shine [Anne's] courage and good-humored acceptance of her demons and tragedies."—Hugo Vickers
"A candid, witty and stylish memoir."—Miranda Seymour, Financial Times
"Exceptional."—Andre Leon Talley
"[An] upfront account of her life... [you'll] laugh out loud, exclaim in shock, and cry as [you] read it....An amazing read. There's so much humanity... as well as stories of glitz and glamour and royalty... it's a life fully lived."—"Nightlife" ABC radio (AU)
"Gentle, wise, unpretentious, but above all inspiring."—The Times (UK)
“Lady Anne Glenconner’s life story is a combination of royal magic, personal tragedy, and resilient survival.” Tina Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"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
"A record, funny and sometimes dazzling, of a way of life now almost disappeared."—Rachel Cooke, Observer
"Marvelous book . . . one's eyes were on stalks."—Jan Moir, Daily Mail
A startling, rare, beguiling insight into a lost world of royalty and celebrity with as many tears as there are titles... Anne's story - a breath-taking array of top-drawer gossip--is told with an endearing modesty and with an extraordinary sense of surprise that all these things happened to her... The book is a diamond-mine of glittering asides. Daily Express
"In this genuine and candid work, Lady Anne recounts her story, offering some rare insight into the uniquely fascinating world of royal life."—BookRiot
Whether describing scenes of delicacy or debauchery, these insider accounts are fascinating. Glenconner is unfailingly perceptive, honest, and amazingly down-to-earth, a survivor who embodies the British trait of "getting on with it." Booklist (starred review)
"A romp of an autobiography."—The Times (UK)
I hooted my way through Anne Glenconner's Lady in Waiting... Glenconner's memoir of three decades as Princess Margaret's chief courtier is matter of fact about her bonkers life, making it all the more amusing Marcus Field, Evening Standard
"It's an astonishing story and narrated with a deceptive simplicity. There isn't a boring sentence in the entire book."—Daily Mail
“Royal obsessives and casual observers alike will devour this memoi.” Newsweek
“With her tales of partying with Mick Jagger on Mustique and attending Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, delivered. What I didn’t expect, however, was tearing up while I read them.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“A smart, dishy, and truly touching autobiography.” Town and Country
Lady in Waiting is a total hoot—I can’t put it down.” Daily Mail (London)
“This memoir of consorting with Princess Margaret and the royal family is remarkable.” Sunday Times (London)
“Discretion and honor emerge as the hallmarks of Glenconner’s career as a royal servant, culminating in this book which manages to be both candid and kind.” The Guardian (London)
“Whether describing scenes of delicacy or debauchery, these insider accounts are fascinating. Glenconner is unfailingly perceptive, honest, and amazingly down-to-earth.” Booklist (starred review)
“A remarkable memoir—containing, at last, a genuine portrait of Princess Margaret from one who knew her well. But this book is poignant too, and through the pages shine [Anne’s] courage and good-humored acceptance of her demons and tragedies.” Hugo Vickers, author of Elizabeth, The Queen Mother

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Author Bio: Anne Glenconner

Author Bio: Anne Glenconner

Lady Glenconner was born Lady Anne Coke in 1932, the eldest daughter of the fifth Earl of Leicester, and grew up at their ancestral estate at Holkham Hall in Norfolk, England. She was a maid of honor at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and then married Lord Glenconner in 1956. They had five children together, three of whom survived. In 1958 she and her husband began to transform the island of Mustique into a paradise for the rich and famous and where Princess Margaret built her favorite home. She was appointed a lady in waiting to Princess Margaret in 1971 and kept this role—accompanying her on many state occasions and foreign tours—until the princess’s death in 2002. She lives in a farmhouse in Norfolk.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 9.16
Audience: Adult
Language: English