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I enjoyed the content and the format. However, there were far too many typos and mistakes in the text. Confusion between pour and pore, practice and practise, differential and deferential, born and borne. When one pays for a book, one expects it to have been proofread.
This is feedback for the seller/delivery agent - ensure the product doesn't have animal feces on it. The book itself was in good condition, but for a clump of dried poop on the front cover. Ensure this doesn't happen again, Amazon.
What an enchanting read. And high time someone investigated the real "lessons" this amazing woman offers the world. I loved how the "rules" in the book get progressively deeper and more impactful the further you go in. Starting with a fun look at how the Queen approaches food and drinking, it goes deeper and deeper into her psyche and mental habits until you wind up on the last chapter, understanding how the Queen approaches death itself. Very cleverly done - and something which made the book hard to put down. The parallel scientific research was also an unexpected surprise, but one which helped me understand "why" these rules are so smart and worth following. So nice to also find a chapter (or "rule") on the importance of faith and belief in God in Her Majesty's life. The author could have easily ignored this, but I'm grateful he didn't. Oh, and don't miss the footnotes scattered throughout...they have some of the best bits.
There is SO much to admire about our Queen. Although I'm from the US, I feel as if she's my Queen too. The writing here is charming and engaging, with a different "Rule" for each chapter. Don't be fooled into thinking you can read this book in an afternoon because it is dense with philosophy, history, and entertaining gossip. I enjoyed the contrast between the "look at me" emotional attitude of Princess Diana (also the Duchess of York and the Duchess of Sussex) and the stoic service oriented path of the Queen. The Queen is playing the long game and so should we. The author has deeply researched countless books and sources as indicated by the index and amusing footnotes.
Mmm it’s OK. I was hoping for a more in depth, personal look into HRH Queen Elizabeth. She is a remarkable woman, diplomat and modern monarch. The book is a bit vague and jumps from one subject to another on each paragraph. And gives an overview of many different people and cultural norms, by way of comparison. I’m an entrepreneur, farm girl, yogi and history buff. So this doesn’t tickle the depths of my curiosity. I like the concept of taking The Queens wisdom and distilling into bit size pieces for everyone. I feel the execution is a bit vague for my personal interest level. It doesn’t follow a story arc, so I’m having difficulty staying engaged. I’d like to see the author take a more personal and deep look into the concept in the future.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It gives an interesting glimpse into the life and character of Queen Elizabeth. Each chapter is a “life lesson” from the queen’s life. It’s well researched and has given me such a greater appreciation for the queen. I feel inspired to implement some of the principles in my own life. If you are a fan of all things royal you will love this book and love the queen even more.
I truly enjoyed reading this book. In fact, I have caught myself quoting some advice and tidbits from it to my family and friends. It is witty, well researched and just plain fun and informative to read. I especially enjoyed all of the footnotes which often brought a smile to my face or a soft chuckle. I highly recommend this book and the previous book by this author, The Jane Austen diet.