Sometimes the tone of the book, which has royal approval, comes straight from the pages of Hello!, but overall Kelly has pulled off a remarkable feat of diplomacy: writing about her employer without causing offence, yet without being syrupy. She even feels able to play tricks on her employer. For a trip to Australia, she presented the Queen with a hat decorated with dangling corks. The Little Princesses, the first insider account of royal life, was published in 1950 by Marion Crawford, who had been governess to Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. She was evicted from her grace-and-favour home, and the royal family never spoke to her again. How times change.
Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane
"as Karen Jones sets out dismayingly early in her book, the only things that the real-life ‘Calamity Jane’ can with confidence be said to have in common with her legend is that she wore trousers, swore like a navvy and was pissed all the time..."
— The Spectator