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bookclub Every month, the Editors sift the new books and recommend their Books of the Month. Listed below are the most recent, strongly recommended selections.
ELLA: PRINCESS, SAINT & MARTYR
WILLIAM’S PRINCESS
QUEEN VICTORIA: FIFTY GOLDEN YEARS
ROYAL RUSSIA: THE PRIVATE ALBUMS OF THE RUSSIAN IMPERIAL FAMILY

ELLA: PRINCESS, SAINT & MARTYR

Christopher Warwick’s biography of Grand Duchess Ella, sister of the Tsarina, is a meticulously researched in depth account of a life marked by devotion and tragedy. Whilst sympathetic to Ella, one of the victims of the Bolsheviks, the author debunks some of the romantic myths that have accrued in the decades since her death.

WILLIAM’S PRINCESS
THE LOVE STORY THAT WILL CHANGE THE ROYAL FAMILY FOREVER

Royalty's book of the month is a pre-engagement biography of Prince William and Kate Middleton. After a summer of fun but no big announcements, some might see this title an audacious move on the part of author Robert Jobson, but the respected and well informed royal correspondent makes a convincing case that William's ‘princess-in-waiting' is certain to one day soon be his bride and eventually to become Queen Kate.

QUEEN VICTORIA: FIFTY GOLDEN YEARS

Queen Victoria came to the throne on 20June 1837. Fifty years later her Golden Jubilee was celebrated throughout the nation and the colonies. ‘Fifty Golden Years’ was originally printed as a Jubilee souvenir. The delightful chromolithographs, joyously coloured and exemplifying the taste of the period, picture the Queen during the first five decades of her reign. Mrs Craik – who had become famous as the author of ‘John Halifax Gentleman’ - contributed a dedicatory poem to this “Womanliest Woman! queenliest Queen!” A reminder of Victoria’s heyday and a small piece of history.

ROYAL RUSSIA: THE PRIVATE ALBUMS OF THE RUSSIAN IMPERIAL FAMILY

A splendid selection of 140 rare or previously unpublished photographs from the Romanovs' family albums held by the James Blair Lowell Archive, the collection of Iain Lilburn, a close friend of Anna Anderson. With accompanying text and informative captions, this is an extraordinary chronicle of a lost era and way of life.

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