Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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5.9 X 8.9 X 1.6 inches | 1.45 pounds
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About the Author

Craig Brown is a prolific journalist and the author of more than fifteen books, including This is Craig Brown, The Tony Years, and Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret. He has been writing his parodic diary in Private Eye since 1989. He is the only person ever to have won three different Press Awards--for best humorist, columnist, and critic--in the same year. He has been a columnist for The Guardian, The Times (London), The Spectator, and The Daily Telegraph, among others. He currently writes for The Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday. His book, Hello Goodbye Hello, was translated into ten languages and was a New York Times bestseller.


A New York Times Bestseller - Winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Biography - A Guardian Book of the Year - A Times Book of the Year - A Sunday Times Book of the Year - A Daily Mail Book of the Year - Best summer books 2018, Newsday - A New York Times Notable Book of 2018 - An NPR Book of the Year - A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year

"A dishy dive into the real deal." --Vogue

"[A] supercharged biography." --Vanity Fair

"Rollicking, irresistible, un-put-downable . . . For anyone . . . who swooned to Netflix's The Crown, this book will be manna from heaven." --Hamish Bowles, Vogue

"Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret is a brilliant, eccentric treat." --Anna Mundow, The Wall Street Journal

"Craig Brown's Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret is a royal biography unlike any another. Come for the Instagram-worth cover, and stay for a few chapters where Brown veers away from history to dwell in what could have been for the Queen's sister." --Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country

"Brown ignores all the starchy obligations of biography and adopts a form of his own to trap the past and ensnare the reader -- even this reader, so determinedly indifferent to the royals. I ripped through the book with the avidity of Margaret attacking her morning vodka and orange juice . . . The wisdom of the book, and the artistry, is in how Brown subtly expands his lens from Margaret's misbehavior -- sometimes campy, sometimes desperate -- to those who gawked at her, who huddled around her, pens poised over their diaries, hoping for the show she never denied them." --Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

"Craig Brown's delectable Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret is not a novel, though its subject seems like a sublime work of fiction, too imperious to be true . . . Brown has done something astonishing: He makes the reader care, even sympathize, with perhaps the last subject worthy of such affection... His book is big fun, equal measures insightful and hysterical." --Karen Heller, The Washington Post

"This unsettling, incisive and honest book also manages to be laugh-out-loud funny, and is a startlingly original contribution to the genre of biography." --Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times

"In Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret, award-winning journalist Craig Brown offers an acerbic biography of the star-crossed princess, one that is hilarious and bittersweet in turns . . . Brown's book is highly recommended for all American royal-watchers." --Catherine Hollis, BookPage

"An original, memorable and substantial achievement." --Times Literary Supplement

"Brown's portrait of Margaret is by turns funny and moving, and every page contains at least one telling detail about what makes Margaret such a compelling avatar of royalty." --Constance Gracy, Vox

"In addition to giving us a fantastical portrait of a woman painted by many hands, this wicked, thoroughly entertaining book presents a rich, unwholesome slice of social and cultural history of Britain, especially from the 1950s to 1970s." --Katharine Powers, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A biography teeming with the joyous, the ghastly and clinically fascinating." --The Times (London)

"Hilarious and eye-opening." --The Observer (London)

"Hugely entertaining . . . Brilliantly written, with a wonderful sardonic edge but also a thoughtful, moving tone." --The Spectator