On the occasion of the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, respected royal broadcaster Jennie Bond explores the life of the longest reigning British monarch. Born a minor royal, Elizabeth is now the most recognisable woman in the world. Admired by many, she has reigned through a period of unprecedented change, keeping the monarchy strong and consistent despite the end of empire, public scandals and private loss.
Rudyard Kipling's short stories of life in the British Raj began in 1888 as journalistic snippets written to supplement his more serious factual output when he was employed as the assistant editor, at the meagre age of 20, of the Lahori-based Civil and Military Gazette.
"Heartwarming stories from another place and time"
Into an age crying out for new leaders stumbles the most unlikely polotical hero of all. Tom Goodfellowe is not like other MPs. His private life is a mess, his love life is abysmal, he has an overdraft and a drink-driving conviction. He also has a talent for getting into trouble. He lives in London's Chinatown, and when he is asked to help a young Chinese girl, he has no idea he's heading into conflict with the Prime Minister, the police, and the press - particularly Freddy Corsa, a newspaper proprietor who sets out to ruin Goodfellowe financially, politically, and sexually.
This is a brilliant dual biography charting British Robert Scott's and Norwegian Roald Amundsen's race to the South Pole during 1911-12. Huntuford's is the accepted, definitive account of the race and a reassessment of the two men. Thoroughly researched, revealing the adventures and misfortunes that befell them both, he describes the driving ambitions of the era, and the complex, often deeply flawed individuals who were charged with carrying them out.
"Debunking a myth"
July 1939 and Elizabeth meets Philip, her future husband. The War Years and a Royal Wedding. Prince Charles is born.
The British Empire slowly erodes. A television documentary is made about the Royal Family and a nation celebrates The Queen's Silver Jubilee. Lord Mountbatten is assassinated.
A future Queen is born. Tales of early childhood. A King dies, the Wallis Simpson crisis ensues and the love of a commoner triumphs over the monarchy. In the wake of Edward's abdication, King George VI - Elizabeth's father - reluctantly ascends to the throne
The glamorous life, as Elizabeth and her husband tour the world. While at home the press are enthralled with the difficult romances of Elizabeth's sister Margaret.
Princess Diana dies. The monarchy rebrands itself for the future.
Annus Horribilis. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson split up. Princess Anne divorces Mark Philips. The shaming Squidgygate and Camillagate scandals.
The monarchy at war, from Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer to The Falklands. The failure of Charles and Diana's marriage takes its toll on The Queen.
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Elizabeth and Philip embark on a huge tour of the Commonwealth.