Londra, 1940. La capitale è devastata dai bombardamenti tedeschi, ma il Re decide di rimanere in città per mandare un messaggio forte e chiaro a Hitler e per dimostrare ai sudditi la propria vicinanza. Tuttavia non accetta che le sue figlie, Elizabeth e Margaret, corrano rischi e – grazie a un’operazione top secret che coinvolge ministri, ambasciate e servizi segreti – le fa trasferire nella neutrale Irlanda, dove vengono accolte come ospiti dal duca di Edenmore, un lontano parente della famiglia reale, in una dimora isolata e diroccata. Protette dall’anonimato e controllate a vista dall’agente segreto britannico Celia Nashe e dal detective della polizia irlandese Strafford, le due principesse andranno alla scoperta di quella tenuta così nuova e misteriosa e dei suoi strani abitanti – come lo stesso duca di Edenmore, o l’austera e indefessa governante, o ancora Billy, il fattore enigmatico e solitario che sembra quasi non badare a loro, e per il quale entrambe hanno un debole che non osano confessare. Ma l’identità delle due ragazzine non può essere celata per sempre: le voci, poco a poco, iniziano a girare, e se dovessero arrivare all’IRA la vita delle principesse – e di conseguenza la Corona stessa – potrebbe essere davvero in pericolo. Un romanzo che indaga il lato privato della più famosa e discussa famiglia inglese, sullo sfondo di un periodo storico ancora fonte di inesauribile ispirazione.
- ISBN: 882352489X
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 336
- Data di uscita: 25-06-2020
4 stars for an entertaining historical fiction book. The premise of this book is that, at the start of the German bombing blitz of England, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are whisked off to Ireland for their safety. Actually according to her Wikipedia biography, they spent this time at Windsor Cas Leggi tutto
I was drawn to this novel by the intriguing premise of an alternative history. While it is a well-known fact that the British Royal Family, including the young Elizabeth and Margaret, remained in London during the blitz, this novel proposes a “what if” scenario. Elizabeth and Margaret are secreted a Leggi tutto
This was a cute historical novel set in the Irish countryside during the bombing of London in 1940. OK, so cute seems like an ill-advised description for any story happening against the backdrop of World War II, but the author's tone definitely leaned toward sweet and precious, with some campy scene Leggi tutto
In this entertaining work of historical fiction, Benjamin Black (pseudonym of writer John Banville) speculates on a possible event involving the British royal family during the blitz. While history has it that the royal daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret, remained in London with their parents during
"The secret guests" was such a let down for me. It's described as an "enthralling historical mystery" and the only thruth in that is that is set in an historical moment. Period. No mystery. No enthralling at all. With such an interesting premise I was expecting so much more. The "secrets guests" of
Once again, readers are given yet another misleading description. From the premise THE SECRET GUESTS sounded intriguing...where the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are sent to Ireland into neutral territory during the Blitz of WW2. And I had such high hopes for this book. But honestly...it was bor Leggi tutto
There is so much babble in between the dialogue it becomes tiresome. I don’t care that the fish the man is eating is dry and I don’t care that his peas are not as green as they should be. I do not need to know every single detail of every single mundane thing. It’s BORING! The premise of the book was Leggi tutto
Although never confirmed, there has been a longstanding rumor that British princesses Elizabeth and Margaret were shipped/dispatched out of England during the blitz of 1940 and shipped off to Ireland for their own protection. That is the basic premise of this book - the security detail; a sequestere Leggi tutto
Reading the description of this novel, I thought it would be something I really enjoyed. A fictional take on what happened to the future Queen Elizabeth II, then just a fourteen year old princess, and her sister, ten year old Margaret, during the war. The idea behind this book is that the two prince Leggi tutto
I found this book by Man Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville writing under a nom de plume a compelling twist on the rash of WWII novels out today. It focuses on young British princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, sent for safety during the Blitz to Ireland, neutral during the war but not entire Leggi tutto
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