28th September 2020
Date:28/09/2020 7.30 pm start
Tickets:16 and 8
In 1933 a progressive young teacher, Marion Crawford, becomes governess
to little Princess Elizabeth and her sister Margaret. Inside the castles and
palaces she finds a family frozen in time. Determined to give her pupils a
fun and normal childhood, she takes the princesses on tubes and buses,
swimming at public baths and Christmas shopping at Woolworth’s.
During her seventeen years at the heart of the royal family, ‘Crawfie’
occupies a ringside seat at some of the most seismic events of the twentieth
century. The drama of the Abdication, the glamour of the Coronation,
the trauma of World War Two. When Elizabeth first sets eyes on Philip,
Crawfie is there.
But such devotion demands sacrifice, a personal life put on permanent
hold. And Crawfie’s dedication counts for nothing once she publishes The
Little Princesses, a loving, harmless account of life as a royal governess. It
earns Marion the Windsors’ lasting fury . . .
Her story, glamorous, dramatic and tragic by turns, shines a captivating light into the world’s most famous
family as never before or since. It is also the story of the building of a Queen. Basing her fiction on Marion
Crawford’s own accounts, plus a wide range of historical sources and her own imagination, Wendy Holden
weaves a majestic tale of love, sacrifice and allegiance.
Sunday Times number one bestseller Wendy Holden was a journalist
before becoming a full-time author. She has written ten consecutive
top-ten bestsellers and sold 3 million books.
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THE GOVERNESS by Wendy Holden
‘Never has the future of the Royal Family been more hotly debated.
But The Queen has been the world’s most successful monarch.
Is her sure touch all down to the spirited young teacher who brought the real world
to her remote royal childhood? Maybe so. Yet Marion ‘Crawfie’ Crawford was
banished by the Royals forever following a minor indiscretion. When I found her
extraordinary story, I knew it was the novel I had to write.’ Wendy HoldenVenue:
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