Ma’am Darling : 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret
by Craig Brown
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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A BOOK OF THE YEAR * ONE TIME THE BOOK OF THE YEAR * A SUNDAY TIMES, THE BOOK OF THE YEAR * A “DAILY MAIL” BOOK OF THE YEAR “An original, memorable and substantial achievement’ TLS `A Masterpiece “Mail on Sunday” I honked so loudly that I honored the horn.She’s cold shoulders of Princess Diana and humiliated Elizabeth Taylor.Andy Warhol photographedJack Nicholson gave him cocaine.Venerated Gore VidalJohn Fowles hopes to keep it as a sex slaveDudley Moore advancesFrancis Bacon heckledPeter Sellers was in love with her.For Pablo Picasso, she was the object of sexual fantasy.”If they knew what I had done in my dreams with your royal ladies,”he confides to a friend,”they’d take me for the Tower of London and cut off my head.”Princess Margaret has aroused passion and indignation in equal measureFor her friends, she was full of spirit and regal.For her enemies, she was tough and demanding.In her golden age of the 1950s, she was considered to be one of the most prestigious and desirable women in the world.At the time of her death, she had personified deception.A friend of mine told me he’d never known a woman more unhappy than the one she was.Princess Margaret’s tale is pantomime as a tragedy, and the tragedy as a pantomime.He is Cinderella in the opposite direction: hope in dotted lines, misguided happiness, the life of improper manipulation.Combining interviews, parodies, dreams, dreams, parallel lives, newspapers, advertisements, lists, catalogues and essays, Ms. Darling is a kaleidoscope of experience in biography, and a spirit of meditation on fame and art, snobbery and deference, Bohemia and high society.”Brown was our best ever
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