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Snowdon: The Biography

Anne de Courcy

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Phoenix
01 August 2009
Individual photographers; Biography; Biography: general; Biography: royalty
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 underpriviledged. 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.
By:   Anne de Courcy
Imprint:   Phoenix
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 134mm,  Spine: 34mm
Weight:   420g
ISBN:   9780753825877
ISBN 10:   0753825872
Pages:   456
Publication Date:   01 August 2009
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Author Website:   http://www.annedecourcy.co.uk

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.

Reviews for Snowdon: The Biography

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


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