The Queen's Houses

The Queen's Houses

by Alan Titchmarsh

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Overview

The Queen's Houses by Alan Titchmarsh

An affectionate look at the personal family stories behind the formal grandeur of the royal residences.
     The Queen's life is dedicated to her public — every move is scrutinised, every word noted. But her homes are havens where peace can be found, away from watchful eyes; sanctuaries of private calm in a whirlwind life of public duty.
     In The Queen's Houses, Alan Titchmarsh takes us on a tour of the royal residences, examining the personal family stories behind these magnificent buildings. Through personal reflections, interviews with royal staff and meticulous historical research, Alan looks beyond the formal grandeur of Buckingham Palace, the imposing structure of Windsor Castle and the private escape offered by Balmoral and others.
Illustrated with intimate family photographs and evocative memorabilia, The Queen's Houses offers a glimpse of life behind the state banquets and sovereign duties — a respectful study of the royal family at home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849902175
Publisher: B B C Worldwide Americas
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Originally trained at Hertfordshire College of Horticulture and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, ALAN TITCHMARSH is the author of over 40 books about gardening, including How to be a Gardener Book 1: Back to Basics, the fastest-selling of all time in the genre, and the bestselling The Kitchen Gardener: How to Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg. He writes for BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, and is gardening correspondent for the Daily Express and Sunday Express. He has presented Gardeners' World, the annual coverage of The Chelsea Flower Show and Nature of Britain, and has his own daily chatshow.

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The Queen's Houses 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book misses badly. A great idea which should have given us interesting stuff. It's choppy. It spends too much time on one monarch and not enough on others. It veers off to discuss the raising of royal children. A disappointment all around.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
A great value at the current sale price! It's loaded with pictures of the palaces and royal families. More of a history book than just a book about the buildings themselves. If you enjoy English History, don't miss out on this one. If you're not a history buff, you probably won't enjoy it. I did find it a bit confusing at times because there were many kings and queens who had the same name. Earlier monarchs gave up their given name to become King George, William, Henry, John (with a numeric value), etc., which made it a bit hard to follow. But that was due to my lack of knowledge of English history and not due to the author's writing style. Overall, a very interesting book and one that I will probably go back to from time to time. If you're reading this on a small nook tablet, some of the pictures are quite small. They do not enlarge on the nook itself when you change the font size. Well edited. Only found 1 or 2 true typos. Some of the British spellings are a little different than the American versions so don't think that this is due to poor editing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was expecting more pictures and info about the houses/castles/palaces as they are today. Instead it's a history of the British monarchy from just about the beginning of the monarchy. Some of the narrative seems to go on and on over who put in what repair or change 400 years ago, and it's now gone. While it does have many pictures, it really should have more pictures. And on the Nook tablet, very few of the pictures enlarge so you can get a good look. This could have been such a joy to have in my library, and it misses the mark.