Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Description
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The life and loves of Prince Charles are illuminated in a major new biography from the New York Times bestselling author of Elizabeth the Queen --perfect for fans of The Crown . Sally Bedell Smith returns once again to the British royal family to give us a new look at Prince Charles, the oldest heir to the throne in more than three hundred years. This vivid, eye-opening biography--the product of four years of research and hundreds of interviews with palace officials, former girlfriends, spiritual gurus, and more, some speaking on the record for the first time--is the first authoritative treatment of Charles's life that sheds light on the death of Diana, his marriage to Camilla, and his preparations to take the throne one day. Prince Charles brings to life the real man, with all of his ambitions, insecurities, and convictions. It begins with his lonely childhood, in which he struggled to live up to his father's expectations and sought companionship from the Queen Mother and his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten. It follows him through difficult years at school, his early love affairs, his intellectual quests, his entrepreneurial pursuits, and his intense search for spiritual meaning. It tells of the tragedy of his marriage to Diana; his eventual reunion with his true love, Camilla; and his relationships with William, Kate, Harry, and his grandchildren. Ranging from his glamorous palaces to his country homes, from his globe-trotting travels to his local initiatives, Smith shows how Prince Charles possesses a fiercely independent spirit and yet has spent more than six decades waiting for his destined role, living a life dictated by protocols he often struggles to obey. With keen insight and the discovery of unexpected new details, Smith lays bare the contradictions of a man who is more complicated, tragic, and compelling than we knew, until now. Praise for Prince Charles "[Smith] understands the British upper classes and aristocracy (including the royals) very well indeed. . . . [She] makes many telling, shrewd points in pursuit of realigning the popular image of Prince Charles." --William Boyd, The New York Times Book Review "[A] masterly account." -- The Wall Street Journal "Thoroughly researched and insightful . . . In this profile, it is clear [Smith] got inside the circular barriers that protect the man and his position. The Charles that emerges is, as the subtitle suggests, both a paradox and a creature of his passions." -- The Washington Times "[A] compellingly juicy bio . . . Windsor-philes will be mesmerized." -- People " Prince Charles paints an affectingly human portrait. . . . Smith writes about [Charles's life] with a skill and sympathy she perfected in her 2012 biography of Charles's mother." -- The Christian Science Monitor "Comprehensive and admirably fair . . . Until his accession to the throne, Smith's portrait will stand as the definitive study."-- Booklist (starred review) "[A] fascinating book that is not just about a man who would be king, but also about the duties that come with privilege." --Walter Isaacson "Sally Bedell Smith has given us a complete and compelling portrait of the man in the shadow of the throne. It's all here, from the back stairs of the palaces to the front pages of the tabs." --Tom Brokaw
Also in this Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9781400067909
9780307934246
9780812979800
9780812988437
081297980
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 5347e48a-e077-be73-f1e8-28007ed8bc1e
Full title prince charles the passions and paradoxes of an improbable life
Author smith sally bedell
Grouping Category book
Last Update 2018-05-27 04:46:25AM
Last Indexed 2018-05-27 04:51:30AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Smith, Sally Bedell, 1948-
author_display Sally Bedell Smith
available_at_aacpl Broadneck Library, Brooklyn Park Library, Edgewater Library, Glen Burnie Library, Linthicum Library, Maryland City at Russett Library, Mountain Road Library, Odenton Library, Riviera Beach Library, Severn Library, Severna Park Library
collection_aacpl ADULT
detailed_location_aacpl Broadneck Library - Nonfiction, Brooklyn Park Library - Nonfiction, Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library - Nonfiction, Edgewater Library - Nonfiction, Glen Burnie Library - Nonfiction, Linthicum Library - Nonfiction, Maryland City at Russett Library - Nonfiction, Mountain Road Library - Nonfiction, Odenton Library - Nonfiction, Online OverDrive Collection, Riviera Beach Library - Nonfiction, Severn Library - Nonfiction, Severna Park Library - Nonfiction
display_description Prince Charles is the oldest heir to the British throne in more than three hundred years. This biography -- the product of four years of research and hundreds of interviews with palace officials, former girlfriends, spiritual gurus, and more -- is filled with fresh insights into Charles's life, in and out of the public eye. It begins with his lonely childhood, in which he struggled to live up to his father's expectations and sought companionship from the Queen Mother and his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten. It follows him through difficult years at school, his early love affairs, his intellectual quests, his entrepreneurial pursuits, and his intense search for spiritual meaning. It tells of the tragedy of his marriage to Diana; his eventual reunion with his true love, Camilla; and his relationship with William, Kate, Harry, and his grandchildren.--
format_aacpl Book, eAudiobook, eBook
format_category_aacpl Audio Books, Books, eBook
id 5347e48a-e077-be73-f1e8-28007ed8bc1e
isbn 081297980, 9780307934246, 9780812979800, 9780812988437, 9781400067909
item_details ils:a1379388|31997099647976|Severna Park Library - Nonfiction|921 CHARLES|||1|false|false|||||In Delivery|May 25, 2018|S-PK||, ils:a1379388|31997099647984|Mountain Road Library - Nonfiction|921 CHARLES|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Mar 13, 2018|MTR||, ils:a1379388|31997099647992|Edgewater Library - Nonfiction|921 CHARLES|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Mar 16, 2018|EDG||, ils:a1379388|31997099648008|Riviera Beach Library - Nonfiction|921 CHARLES|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|May 05, 2018|RIV||, ils:a1379388|31997099648016|Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library - Nonfiction|921 CHARLES|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out|May 22, 2018|EAN||, ils:a1379388|31997099648024|Glen Burnie Library - Nonfiction|921 CHARLES|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Apr 21, 2018|NCO||, ils:a1379388|31997099648032|Brooklyn Park Library - Nonfiction|921 CHARLES|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Aug 17, 2017|BPK||, ils:a1379388|31997099648040|Severna Park Library - Nonfiction|921 CHARLES|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Apr 27, 2018|S-PK||, ils:a1379388|31997099648057|Odenton Library - Nonfiction|921 CHARLES|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Oct 27, 2017|WCO||, ils:a1379388|31997099648065|Linthicum Library - Nonfiction|921 CHARLES|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Nov 15, 2017|LIN||, ils:a1379388|31997099648073|Broadneck Library - Nonfiction|921 CHARLES|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Apr 06, 2018|BDN||, ils:a1379388|31997099648081|Maryland City at Russett Library - Nonfiction|921 CHARLES|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Nov 07, 2017|MDC||, ils:a1379388|31997099648099|Broadneck Library - Nonfiction|921 CHARLES|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Nov 01, 2017|BDN||, ils:a1379388|31997099648230|Mountain Road Library - Nonfiction|921 CHARLES|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Mar 02, 2018|MTR||, ils:a1379388|31997099648248|Severn Library - Nonfiction|921 CHARLES|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Aug 24, 2017|PRO||, overdrive:5b907dc9-773c-4837-bf72-bbeba6b87e73|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eAudiobook|Audio Books|2|false|true|OverDrive|||OverDrive MP3 Audiobook,OverDrive Listen|Checked Out||||, overdrive:5b907dc9-773c-4837-bf72-bbeba6b87e73|1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eAudiobook|Audio Books|1|false|true|OverDrive|||OverDrive MP3 Audiobook,OverDrive Listen|Checked Out||||, overdrive:bc0f944b-ba71-46ea-87b0-22d9d847cb0e|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|2|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,Kindle Book,OverDrive Read|Checked Out||||, overdrive:bc0f944b-ba71-46ea-87b0-22d9d847cb0e|1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|1|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,Kindle Book,OverDrive Read|Checked Out||||
itype_aacpl , Adult Nonfiction
last_indexed 2018-05-27T08:51:30.226Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_aacpl 921 CHARLES, Online OverDrive
owning_library_aacpl Anne Arundel County Public Library, Anne Arundel County Public Library Online
owning_location_aacpl Broadneck Library, Brooklyn Park Library, Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library, Edgewater Library, Glen Burnie Library, Linthicum Library, Maryland City at Russett Library, Mountain Road Library, Odenton Library, Online OverDrive Collection, Riviera Beach Library, Severn Library, Severna Park Library
primary_isbn 9781400067909
publishDate 2017
record_details ils:a1379388|Book|Books|First edition.|English|Random House,|[2017]|xxii, 596 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 25 cm, overdrive:5b907dc9-773c-4837-bf72-bbeba6b87e73|eAudiobook|Audio Books||English|Books on Tape|2017|, overdrive:bc0f944b-ba71-46ea-87b0-22d9d847cb0e|eBook|eBook||English|Random House Publishing Group|2017|
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_aacpl ils:a1379388|31997099647976|Checked Out|In Delivery|false|false|true|false|false|true||||, ils:a1379388|31997099647984|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:a1379388|31997099647992|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:a1379388|31997099648008|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:a1379388|31997099648016|Checked Out|Checked Out|false|false|true|false|false|true||||, ils:a1379388|31997099648024|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:a1379388|31997099648032|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:a1379388|31997099648040|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:a1379388|31997099648057|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:a1379388|31997099648065|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:a1379388|31997099648073|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:a1379388|31997099648081|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:a1379388|31997099648099|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:a1379388|31997099648230|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:a1379388|31997099648248|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, overdrive:5b907dc9-773c-4837-bf72-bbeba6b87e73|-1|Checked Out|Checked Out|false|false|true|false|false|false||||, overdrive:5b907dc9-773c-4837-bf72-bbeba6b87e73|1|Checked Out|Checked Out|false|false|true|false|false|true||||, overdrive:bc0f944b-ba71-46ea-87b0-22d9d847cb0e|-1|Checked Out|Checked Out|false|false|true|false|false|false||||, overdrive:bc0f944b-ba71-46ea-87b0-22d9d847cb0e|1|Checked Out|Checked Out|false|false|true|false|false|true||||
subject_facet BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Royalty, Biographies, Biography, Charles, -- Prince of Wales, -- 1948-, Charles, -- Prince of Wales, -- 1948- -- Family, Families, Great Britain, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, HISTORY / Modern, Local author, Princes, Princes -- Great Britain -- Biography
title_display Prince Charles : The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life
title_full Prince Charles : The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life / Sally Bedell Smith, Prince Charles The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life
title_short Prince Charles :
title_sub The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life
topic_facet BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Royalty, Biography & Autobiography, Charles, Families, Family, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, HISTORY / Modern, History, Nonfiction, Princes