The Great Survivors
In this riveting and extensively researched account, Peter Conradi – the celebrated author of The King’s Speech – offers an uncompromising portrayal of Europe’s royals and reveals the scandals, excesses, conflicts and interests hidden behind the pomp of ceremonial garb and the grandeur of official functions. At a time when Western society appears to be demanding more equality and democracy, people’s fascination with monarchies shows no signs of waning.
Taking the reader on a journey between past and present, into a world populated by great celebrities such as Wallis Simpson, Grace Kelly and Princess Diana, as well as lesser-known and slightly murkier aristocratic figures, The Great Survivors analyses the reasons behind this apparent paradox by looking at the history of the main European dynasties – including the Windsors and their predecessors – and providing a glimpse into their world, their lives and their secrets.
A book which has something to say, and which is entertainingly presented.
Hugely enjoyable and readable book … The Great Survivors is packed with so many revealing facts and amusing stories.
The Sunday Times
In The Great Survivors, Peter Conradi has penned an impeccably researched account on the subject of kings and queens, and what they get up to.
Peter Conradi is an author and journalist. He works for the Sunday Times and is the co-author of The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy.