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Snowdon: The Biography

The first proper biography of the man who married, and divorced, Princess Margaret Anthony Armstrong-Jones was born to a Welsh father and English-Jewish mother. Creative and inventive, he attended Eton and then Cambridge. The engagement of this motorbike-riding freelance photographer in 1960 to Princess Margaret was a bombshell. Friends privately predicted disaster. And so it proved. But meanwhile in the 1960s, mixing with actors, artists and pop stars, they were the epitome of stylish and unstuffy arts-loving Royals - and one of the iconic glamorous couples of that era. Tony continued to work and both began to have affairs. They divorced in 1978. Snowdon married again but this marriage collapsed after the birth of a secret love-child and the suicide of his mistress of twenty years. His low boredom threshold and waspish cruelty are balanced by his fabled charm and genuine concern for the disabled and underprivileged. One of the great British photographers, at 76 he now suffers from a recurrence of childhood polio. But by any standards he has had an extraordinary life.
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Biography of the first royal rebel Throws new light upon many areas of his life - his difficult childhood, his relationship with Margaret, his many affairs, his cruelty, his creativity and achievements Based on wide range of sources: friends, courtiers, servants, girlfriends and ex-mistresses 'An onslaught of revelation, a dizzyingly switchback ride of mixed emotions, pomp and sleaze... very true to life' Daily Telegraph 'He has indeed been courageous in authorising this portrait in which the warts sometimes threaten to obscure any redeeming features' Spectator 'Step forward, Snowdon. You're nicked... Full of eye-popping revelations' Mail on Sunday '[A] chatty and penetrating biography, packed as it is with love affairs, love-children...and love-struck mistresses... Snowdon makes a glamorous, capricious, selfish and surprisingly philanthropic subject for this lively account of a man and his era' Daily Mail 'Juicy biography... it is impossible here to convey the combination of high society and low morals, of frightfully good taste and awful cheese that de Courcy has managed to dish up' Observer

About the Author

Anne de Courcy is a well-known writer with a long career in journalism, most recently with the Daily Mail, for whom she did interviews, historical features and book reviews, as well as editing a page on readers' dilemmas. She lives in London and Gloucestershire.


a commendably unvarnished portrait of a charismatic, contradictory individual * GOOD BOOK GUIDE * Anne de Courcy is not afraid to probe the divorce, loneliness and tragedy that intruded on the couple's life * OBSERVER * Delightfully gossipy * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH *

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