Hugh Massingberd

Sweet and Sour

Princess Margaret: A Life Unravelled

By

Weidenfeld & Nicolson 346pp £20 order from our bookshop

I once spent a Sunday with Princess Margaret. It was not an unqualified success. I was supposed to be showing her round some houses and gardens, in which she took a lively interest, but because of my incompetent map-reading we found ourselves in the hall of an unplanned pile. The wretched chatelaine, roused from an afternoon nap to discover that the Queen’s sister was on the premises, dropped a very creditable curtsey in her nightdress on the stairs, but the Princess was not amused.

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • From the Archive: Martyn Bedford on Ian McEwan's 'Atonement' ,
    • In 'Silenced Voices' reports the ongoing story of the human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has been… ,
    • The mystery of Jack the Ripper's identity has long been agonised over. But what do we know about his victims?… ,
    • A piece of Literary Review history from way back in 1983: John Haffenden talks to the great Iris Murdoch. ,
    • Britain’s only travelling lit fest, the Garden Museum Literary Festival is heading to Houghton Hall, Norfolk, for a… ,
    • 'The 19th-century German sage is not my idea of a pleasant travel companion' goes hiking with Friedr… ,
    • If you want ideas about what to read next, sign up to our free email newsletter, and get book reviews, archive mate… ,