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            The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor
              

            The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor (Paperback, New edition)

            By Junor, Penny

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            It would be hard to invent a group of personalities more extraordinary than the British Royal Family - known as 'The Firm' by Prince Philip. Looking at how the family really operates, this book reveals how they behave behind closed doors. It also questions what monarchy is for.

            ISBN 9780007102167
            Released AU 5 Jun 2006
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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            On Duty With The Queen
             

            On Duty With The Queen (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Arbiter, Dickie; Barrett-Lee, Lynne

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            In this wonderful and honest book, former press secretary to the royal family Dickie Arbiter reveals the inner-workings of everyday life in side Buckingham Palace, and what it's really like to be on duty with the Queen. With four decades of experience covering royalty as a journa...list and as one of Her Majesty's press secretaries, Dickie Arbiter has had unprecedented access to the inner circle of some of the most intriguing news stories over the years and is the only royal commentator to have witnessed the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and covered her Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees. Appointed a press spokesman for Queen Elizabeth II in 1988, Dickie was immediately catapulted into the media circus surrounding the world s most famous and divisive family. From sailing in the Royal Yacht Britannia, escorting Prince Charles on far-flung trips across the globe and the Commonwealth and joining Her Majesty for washing-up duties following a picnic in Balmoral Castle, to becoming one of Princess Diana s most trusted confidantes before briefing the world s media of her untimely death, Dickie was at the forefront of the decision-making at the Palace during the most turbulent decade in the monarchy s reign. Open, entertaining, enlightening and surprising, On Duty with the Queen is a wonderful account of a once-in-a-lifetime job and a truly unique service to the crown.
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            ISBN 9781910536278
            Released AU 7 Apr 2016
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            Behind Palace Doors
             

            Behind Palace Doors (Paperback)

            By Burgess, Colin

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            The life of the Queen Mother was intensely secret.

            ISBN 9781786063779
            Released AU 1 Sep 2017
            Publisher John Blake Publishing Ltd
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            Ma`afu, prince of Tonga, chief of Fiji: The life and times of Fiji's first Tui Lau
              

            Ma`afu, prince of Tonga, chief of Fiji: The life and times of Fiji's first Tui Lau (Paperback)

            By Spurway, John

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            Enele Ma'afu, son of Aleamotu'a, Tu'i Kanokupolu, grew up during a time of unprecedented social and political change in Tonga following the advent of Christianity. Moving to Lau, Fiji, in 1847 when he was about 21, he skilfully exploited kinship links to establish a power base th...ere and in eastern Cakaudrove. His achievements were recognised in 1853 when his cousin King Tupou I appointed Ma?afu as Governor of the Tongans in Fiji. Acting as a putative champion of the lotu, Ma'afu undertook successful military campaigns elsewhere in Fiji and after adding the Yasayasa Moala and the Exploring Isles to the nascent Lauan state, he was able to establish the Tovata ko Lau, a union of Lau, Cakaudrove and Bua with himself as head. His power was formally recognised in 1869 when the Lauan chiefs appointed him as Tui Lau, a new title in the polity of Fiji. Ma'afu was now able to challenge Cakobau for the mastery of Fiji. After serving as Viceroy during the farcical planter oligarchy known as the Kingdom of Fiji, Ma'afu underwent a severe humiliation when, in order to maintain his power in Lau, he was forced to accede to the wishes of Fiji's other great chiefs in offering their islands to Great Britain. He would end his days as Roko Tui Lau, a 'subordinate administrator' in the Crown Colony of Fiji, presiding over a province characterised by corruption and maladministration but where the legacy of his earlier innovative land reforms has endured.
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            ISBN 9781925021172
            Published AU 1 Feb 2015
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            The Prince and the Assassin: Australia's First Royal Tour and Portent of World Terror
             

            The Prince and the Assassin: Australia's First Royal Tour and Portent of World Terror (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Harris, Steve

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            The engrossing real life story of how Queen Victoria's favourite son, Prince Alfred, undertook the most ambitious Royal tour, only for Australia's overwhelming joy of having the first Royal on its shores jolted by his decadent behaviour, then shocked by an attempted assassination... by a man trained as a priest. The British Empire's youngest and most distant outpost found itself at the epicentre of a new crime and empirical fears about the first inter-continental terrorist group, a conspiracy and a 'lone wolf '. In a resulting 'reign of terror' extraordinary steps were taken to safeguard security with laws on treason and sedition which even the Queen felt went too far, and the would-be assassin was hastily executed in a miscarriage of justice led by opportunistic politicians. This is an extraordinary and atmospheric weaving of the stories - some detailed for the first time - of royal intrigue, sexual appetite, religious bigotry, patriotic vengeance, naked ambition, national security and moral panic. They are stories of royals, immigrants, archbishops, republicans and the founding fathers of Australia and issues that remain with us today. Drawing on Royal, British and Australian archives, the compelling narrative embraces a pivotal time in the evolution of Australia, and on the 150th anniversary reveals how a minute of madness rocked the country to its foundations, with a legacy which helped shape Australia's history and continues to influence and challenge us today. Revelations' & insights in The Prince and the Assassin - Prince Alfred's spare heir upbringing as 'the chosen one' and prospective King of Australia - Sexually decadent royal behaviour - An historic tour which became the model for 50 subsequent royal tours to Aust - Religious bigotry, violence and death in early Aust - How a young migrant trained and destined to be a priest became an assassin - How the biggest crime in Australia shocked, shamed, terrorised and divided the country - How Henr
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            ISBN 9781925556131
            Published AU 1 Aug 2017
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            Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne
             

            Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne (Paperback)

            By Hills, Ben

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            Diana, Princess of Wales, had it easy compared with another lonely princess, Crown Princess Masako of Japan. A thoroughly modern woman in collision with an ancient and unreformed system, Masako is a brilliant woman who sacrificed her career to marry a love-struck royal, Crown Pri...nce Naruhito. Ben Hills' Princess Masako steals a fascinating look behind the Chrysanthemum Curtain into the arcane world of the Japanese royal family. This dramatic portrayal of a modern-day oriental fairytale turned on its head details how Masako Owada struggles with the daily pressures of life in Japan's imperial court. Despite an Oxford and Harvard education, she has been subjected to the superstitious rites of the royal household agency in the hope that she will produce a male heir and prevent the world's oldest dynasty from dying out. With every move monitored closely by an overbearing bureaucracy behind the walls of a palace modelled on Versailles, where her few officially sanctioned pastimes include writing sonnets, Masako's figure radiates despair as she tries to forge a modern life within the tightly controlled realm of the palace. Inevitably, the strain has had an enormous impact on Masako. She is plagued with illnesses of all kinds, although the royal palace will not admit it. Ben Hills' fascinating portrait of Masako and the Chrysanthemum Throne sheds light on the Royal family's darkest secrets. Why did Kunaicho, the powerful bureaucrats of the Imperial Household Agency, oppose the marriage? Who are the faceless figures who persuaded Masako to give up her career and marry the prince? What is the real reason Masako had to abandon her studies at Oxford? Why does the throne refuse to discuss whether IVF was used to help the couple conceive their child? Why does it refuse to acknowledge Masako's illness, so evident to outsiders? What does the future hold for the star-crossed couple - and now with the birth of baby Prince Hisahito (son of Naruhito's brother Prince Akishino and his wi
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            ISBN 9781741667899
            Published AU 1 Sep 2008
            Publisher Random House
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            Royal Mistresses of the House of Hanover-Windsor: Secrets, Scandals and Betrayals
              

            Royal Mistresses of the House of Hanover-Windsor: Secrets, Scandals and Betrayals (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 1st edition)

            By De Vries, Susanna

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            The genuine love match between Prince William and Kate Middleton has rekindled enthusiasm for the British monarchy. In the past, young princes reluctantly made arranged marriages and took mistresses.

            ISBN 9780980621624
            Published AU 23 Apr 2012
            Publisher Dennis Jones & Associates
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            Princess Masako
              

            Princess Masako (EPUB ebook)

            By Hills, Ben

            The tragic, true story of Japan's Crown Princess. "There are two families in Japan which you can never leave - The Yakuza (crime gangs) and the royal family..." Diana, Princess of Wales, had it easy compared with another lonely princess, Crown Princess Masako of Japan. A thorough...ly modern woman in collision with an ancient and unreformed system, Masako is a brilliant woman who sacrificed her career to marry a love-struck royal, Crown Prince Naruhito. Ben Hills' Princess Masako steals a fascinating look behind the 'Chrysanthemum Curtain' into the arcane world of the Japanese royal family. This dramatic portrayal of a modern-day oriental fairytale turned on its head details how Masako Owada struggles with the daily pressures of life in Japan's imperial court. Despite an Oxford and Harvard education, she has been subjected to the superstitious rites of the Royal Household Agency in the hope that she will produce a male heir and prevent the world's oldest dynasty from dying out; must address her husband as 'Mr East Wing'; and bow at 60 degrees to her parents-in-law. With every move monitored closely by an overbearing bureaucracy behind the walls of a palace modelled on Versailles, where her few officially sanctioned pastimes include writing sonnets, Masako's figure radiates despair as she tries to forge a modern life within the tightly controlled realm of the palace. Japan's royal dynasty, the world's oldest with a 2600-year history faces an uncertain future if Masako and her Crown Prince Naruhito cannot produce a male child - but, after thirteen years of marriage, both are in their forties and have only a daughter, little Aiko, reportedly born with the help of IVF. Inevitably, the strain has had an enormous impact on Masako. She is plagued with illnesses of all kinds, although the royal palace will not admit it. There have also been whispers that the marriage is not 100 per cent happy, though no royal has ever divorced in Japan's history. Others say the prince may reno
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            Published AU 26 Oct 2011
            Publisher Penguin
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            The Crown
              

            The Crown (EPUB ebook)

            By Lacey, Robert

            The official book to the critically acclaimed Netflix drama, The Crown, including additional material and exclusive images.

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            Published AU 8 Nov 2017
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            Victoria: The Woman who Made the Modern World
              

            Victoria: The Woman who Made the Modern World (EPUB ebook)

            By Baird, Julia

            The much-admired, critically-praised and bestselling biography of Queen Victoria, from one of Australia's most admired and respected journalists and commentators, Julia Baird. When Alexandrina Victoria was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on 20 Jun...e 1837, she was 18 years old and barely five feet tall. Her subjects were fascinated and intrigued; some felt sorry for her. Writer Thomas Carlyle, watching her gilded coach draw away from the coronation, said: 'Poor little Queen, she is at an age at which a girl can hardly be trusted to choose a bonnet for herself; yet a task is laid upon her from which an archangel might shrink.' Queen Victoria is long dead, but in truth she has shaped us from the grave. She was a tiny, powerful woman who reigned for an astonishing 64 years. By the time of her Diamond Jubilee Procession in 1897, she reigned over a fourth of the inhabitable part of the world, had 400 million subjects, and had given birth to nine children. Suffrage, anti-poverty and anti-slavery movements can all be traced to her monumental reign, along with a profound rethinking of family life and the rise of religious doubt. When she died, in 1901, she was the longest reigning monarch in English history. Victoria is truly the woman who made the modern world. A fascinating, provocative and authoritative new biography of Queen Victoria which will make us see her in a new light, from one of Australia's most admired and respected journalists and commentators, Julia Baird.'Julia Baird's exquisitely wrought and meticulously researched biography brushes the dusty myth off this extraordinary monarch. Right out of the gate, the book thrums with authority as Baird builds her portrayal of Victoria. Overturning stereotypes, she rips this queen down to the studs and creates her anew.' The New York TimesShortlisted for the 2017 ABIA Awards and the 2017 NSW Premiers History Awards, and longlisted for the 2017 Stella Awards and the 2017 Walkley Awards.
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            ISBN 9781743096949
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            Published AU 24 Oct 2016
            Publisher HarperCollins
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