Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret

By Craig Brown
Read by Eleanor Bron


Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781250311641

  • ISBN: 9781250311641

Runtime: 12.39 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Audience: Adult
Language: English



A Sunday Times (London) Best Book of the Year

A London Guardian Best Book of the Year

A London Daily Mail Best Book of the Year

A Newsday Pick of Best Books of Summer

A Literary Hub Pick of the Month

A BookPage Top Pick of the Month

Among longlisted titles for Washington Post Best Books of the Year, 2018

Among longlisted titles for New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year, 2018

Among longlisted titles for Seattle Times Best Books of the Year, 2018

Among longlisted titles for NPR Best Book of the Year, 2018

Among longlisted titles for Oregonian Best GN of the Year, 2018

A witty and profound audiobook portrait of the most talked-about English royal.

She made John Lennon blush and Marlon Brando tongue-tied. She iced out Princess Diana and humiliated Elizabeth Taylor. Andy Warhol photographed her. Jack Nicholson offered her cocaine. Gore Vidal revered her. Francis Bacon heckled her. Peter Sellers was madly in love with her. For Pablo Picasso, she was the object of sexual fantasy.

Princess Margaret aroused passion and indignation in equal measures. To her friends, she was witty and regal. To her enemies, she was rude and demanding. In her 1950s heyday, she was seen as one of the most glamorous and desirable women in the world. By the time of her death in 2002, she had come to personify disappointment. One friend said he had never known an unhappier woman. The tale of Princess Margaret is Cinderella in reverse: hope dashed, happiness mislaid, life mishandled.

Such an enigmatic and divisive figure demands a reckoning that is far from the usual fare. Combining interviews, parodies, dreams, parallel lives, diaries, announcements, lists, catalogues, and essays, Craig Brown’s Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret is a kaleidoscopic experiment in biography and a witty meditation on fame and art, snobbery and deference, bohemia and high society.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

An original, memorable and substantial achievement. Times Literary Supplement
A biography teeming with the joyous, the ghastly and clinically fascinating. The Times (London)
Hilarious and eye-opening. The Observer (London)
Hugely entertaining . . . Brilliantly written, with a wonderful sardonic edge but also a thoughtful, moving tone. The Spectator
Rollicking, irresistible, un-put-downable . . . For anyone . . . who swooned to Netflix’s The Crown, this book will be manna from heaven. Vogue
A Daily Mail Book of the Year
“In this deliciously sharp-tongued yet sympathetic biography of Princess Margaret, journalist Craig Brown reveals that behind the glamour, scandals and infamous dinner-party snubs, Princess Margaret was a complex woman with as much spirit as her lunchtime vodka ‘pick-me-up.’” BookPage
A Guardian Book of the Year
A Times Book of theYear
A Sunday Times Book of the Year
“His princess comes to life in formally inventive chapters…Readers come to see more than just the bitchy, rude, quick-witted Margaret (although those are the best sections), but see her very privileged, very tragic life as well.” Literary Hub




Author Bio: Craig Brown

Craig Brown is a prolific journalist and author. He has been writing his parodic diary in Private Eye since 1989. He is the only person ever to have won three different Press Awards—for best humorist, columnist, and critic—in the same year. He has been a columnist for the Guardian, London Times, Spectator, and Daily Telegraph, among others. He writes for the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 12.39
Audience: Adult
Language: English