Royal Reads

In honour of Victoria Day approaching, we’re bringing you great books about royalty, crowns, romance and drama.

Four Sisters, All Queens

Marguerite, Eléonore, Sanchia, and Beatrice are the daughters of the countess of Provence. They’re also all queens of different countries in 13th century Europe. However, after their father’s death, they forget their creed of “family comes first,” and become rivals, all vying for same prize—the crown of Provence itself.

Find out more about the book from author Sherry Jones:

The Lady of the Rivers

Jacquetta, the Dutchess of Bedford, has the gift of second sight. When the throne of England comes under threat, it’s up to her to fight for her King, her Queen and for her own daughter Elizabeth. Part of the Cousins’ War series, which also includes The White Queen and The Red Queen, Philippa Gregory brings history to life in a story about adventure and passion. Preview the dramatic story.

Find out more about the book from author Philippa Gregory:

At the King’s Pleasure

Set in Tudor England, Lady Anne Stafford is in love with two men: her husband and King Henry VIII’s companion Sir William Compton. Her heart is torn when she realizes that she might have to choose between them. Peek inside the dramatic affair.

Queen by Right

Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, and her husband have gone through their share of tragedies and political challenges, but when King Henry VI is deemed unfit to rule, Cecily of York rises to the occasion to help her husband make the right decisions for both their family and country.

Find out more about the book from author Anne Easter Smith:

William and Kate

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year since the world watched the spectacularly glamorous wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. But there was much more going on behind the media frenzy and in the years leading up their engagement. This book details their pasts, how they found love, how their kept their romance a secret and much more.

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Knit Your Own Royal Wedding

For those of us who still can’t get enough of the royal wedding, here’s a book that’ll both feed your fixation and challenge your arts and crafts skills. We’ve seen plates, posters and even Pez dispensers, but now you can hand-knit your own wedding scene with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The book comes complete with instructions and full-colour photos, great for both knitting aficionados and royal wedding enthusiasts alike.

Royal Wedding fever!

With the Royal Wedding happening this Friday it seems that everyone, everywhere has the royal family on the brain!

And here at S&S things are no different. So to add to the wedding fever, we’re giving you the chance to win a copy of Monica Ali’s upcoming novel Untold Story. Ali is the author of In the Kitchen and Brick Lane, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

This is a riveting novel inspired by Princess Diana and explores the idea, what if the beloved icon had not died in the Paris tunnel– who would she be today?

Taking the world’s most famous woman as a point of departure, Untold Story is a novel about the cost of celebrity, the meaning of identity, and the possibility of reinventing a life. Like Diana, the fictional princess who is the novel’s heroine is both icon and iconoclast. Will she ever find peace and happiness in her own life, or will the curse of fame always be too great?

For the millions of Diana fans and royal family lovers the world over, this unique and compelling look at who Diana might have been in her late forties is a must read.
 
Email audrey@simonandschuster.ca with the subject line Diana by Monday May 2nd for your chance to win an advance readers copy. Canadian entries only please.
 
Untold Story is in bookstores this June.

The Royal Wedding of the century is coming!

It’s the engagement that’s been eight years in the making. Now that Prince William has finally popped the question to his lady-love Kate Middleton, planning for the royal wedding can commence!

And only S&S Canada has the complete insider story. William and Kate: A Royal Love Story by Christopher Andersen is the first complete account of the storybook romance between Wills and Kate, released in time for their wedding, which is taking place Friday, April 29th 2011.

The book takes an intimate look at this unlikely love story that has captivated the world. Aside from the fact that royal weddings are always an internationally celebrated event, when she marries Prince William, Kate Middleton will be the first non-blueblood since the 1600s to marry a future British Monarch! The two have been famously quiet on the subject of their on-again, off-again relationship, and in this book Andersen reveals many details of the royal love affair for the first time. Including:

  • William’s romantic conquests before–and during–his decade-long affair with Kate, as well as the other men in her life.
  • Who was really behind their headline-making breakup–and how Kate won back her Prince.
  • The Palace intrigues that have threatened to derail the relationship.
  • New information on the Queen’s surprising plans for William and Kate–historic changes that will forever change the face of the monarchy.

And much, much more.

For many, William and Kate’s union represents an opportunity to recapture the magic—the compelling and complicated legacy—of his beloved mother Diana, Princess of Wales. Part glittering fairy tale, part searing family drama, part political potboiler, part heart-stopping cliff-hanger, theirs is, above all else, an affair to remember.

This hardcover book is complete with two beautiful full color photo inserts.

Available in stores Dec 21st.