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The best royal biographies to read now

Finished The Crown ? Here are eight of the most engaging books on the Windsors to keep you going...

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If the Netflix show, which has charted the lives of the Windsors from the earliest days of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign until the mid-noughties, has left you wanting more of the royal family, there are myriad tomes on the comings and goings of the palace to delve into.

From investigative summaries to stories from the ultimate insiders – by way of one rather sensational rarity, an auto biography – here are the best royal biographies to read on the royals now.

Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait, Gyles Brandeth

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The witty voice of Gyles Brandeth, the noted author, rings out throughout this thoughtful biography of the late Queen. Compiled from conversations and encounters with the monarch throughout his life, Brandeth, who was a friend of the late Prince Philip, brings truly personal insight into this comprehensive book, which spans the entirety of her reign.

Lady in Waiting, Anne Glenconner

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This critically acclaimed volume is a moving and fascinating account of the life of Lady Anne Glenconner, who had a front row seat to some of the most extraordinary moments of royal life. A maid of honour at the Queen’s coronation and a lady in waiting to Princess Margaret, she was also wife to Lord Glenconner, the owner of Mustique which, under their tenure, became a playground of the rich and famous. A story of privilege twinned with acute tragedy, Glenconner’s book is a vivid account of the inner workings of royal life, told through her own unique experience.

The Queen Consort, Penny Junor

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Previously published in 2017 as The Duchess , this incisive biography dissects the life of one of the most divisive women in the royal family – and once the most famous ‘other’ women in Britain. Junor’s assessment of Camilla, now Queen Consort, is refreshing and detailed, and paints a picture of complexity, thwarted love and, ultimately, redemption. The updated edition includes Camilla’s new role as consort to the King , her responsibilities surrounding the Queen’s funeral, and her own coronation.

The Palace Papers, Tina Brown

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One of the most famous chroniclers of royal life, the former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown made a barnstorming return to form with this 2022 volume. Charting the most contemporary complexities of the house of Windsor, from the impact of Meghan and Harry’s departure to the relationship between William and Kate and, ultimately, the evolution of the family in its latest incarnation, The Palace Papers is one of the most detailed and compelling reads on modern monarchy.

Elizabeth and Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters, Andrew Morton

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The royal sisters, Elizabeth and Margaret, received a nuanced and detailed depiction in Netflix’s The Crown . Undeniably one of the most significant relationships of the late monarch’s life, this sisterly bond is given equal affection and attention in Andrew Morton’s book. A brilliant read for anyone fascinated by the pair, it is also an intriguing filter through which to view the inner workings of the house of Windsor.

The Diana Chronicles, Tina Brown

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Brown’s legacy of royal tomes is so strong that she features twice on this list. Her most famous is undeniably this, The Diana Chronicles . A personal friend of the late princess, Brown’s book remains the benchmark for Diana biographies, depicting a level of unprecedented insight that brings the royal to life in a way that was never captured before and has rarely been achieved since.

Once a King: The Lost Memoir of Edward VIII, Jane Marguerite Tippett

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This fascinating book is a labour of love from archivist and historian Tippett, who has compiled the volume from the previously unseen writings of the uncrowned monarch. The writings were the unpublished notes for the 1951 memoir the Duke of Windsor created with his ghost-writer Charles Murphy, but, as Tippett shows, they reveal far more than his published memoir ever could. This is an extraordinary book which aims to shed new light on this often maligned figure who irreversibly changed the course of royal history.

Spare, Prince Harry

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A book which needs no introduction, Prince Harry’s explosive memoir is truly unique. Not only do royals very rarely, if ever, pen autobiographies, but never in history have they ever been as shockingly candid, nor as incendiary. Any royal reading list would be incomplete without this bestselling doorstopper, which was one of the most hotly anticipated and controversial publications of the 2023.

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20 best books on the royal family – 2023 reading list & recommendations

Welcome to the fascinating world of books on the royal family! From the glitz and glamour of regal weddings to the hidden secrets and scandals behind palace walls, these literary treasures offer a unique glimpse into the lives of the most famous family in the world. While there are countless books on the royal family, we have curated a list of the 20 best books that delve into the captivating history, captivating history, and intriguing personalities that have shaped the monarchy over the years.

But be prepared for a twist! Forget the typical titles that dominate the bestseller lists. We are here to explore some unique and unpopular ideas that may surprise you. Whether you’re a history buff, a fan of royal biographies, or simply curious about the inner workings of the monarchy, there’s something for everyone on this list.

So, grab a cup of tea, settle into your favorite reading nook, and get ready to embark on a literary journey that will transport you into the enchanting world of the royal family. From controversial theories to inspiring tales of resilience, these books are sure to captivate your imagination and leave you craving for more.

Without further ado, let’s dive into the realm of the royal family books and discover the hidden gems that await us on this extraordinary literary adventure.

  • 1 The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1
  • 2 The Royal We
  • 3 The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding
  • 4 The Queen’s Secret: A Novel of England’s World War II Queen
  • 5 The Royal Nanny
  • 6 The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul
  • 7 The Royal Governess: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth II’s Childhood
  • 8 The Royal Physician’s Visit
  • 9 The Royal Family: A Novel
  • 10 The Royal Succession
  • 11 The Royal Stuarts: A History of the Family That Shaped Britain
  • 12 The Royal We: A Novel
  • 13 The Royal House of Windsor
  • 14 The Royal Family: A Novel
  • 15 The Royal Governess: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth II’s Childhood
  • 16 The Royal Physician’s Visit
  • 17 The Royal Succession
  • 18 The Royal Stuarts: A History of the Family That Shaped Britain
  • 19 The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul
  • 20 The Queen’s Secret: A Novel of England’s World War II Queen
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best books about the royal family The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1

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By robert lacey.

If you’re looking for a fascinating and comprehensive book on the royal family, then look no further than “The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1” by Robert Lacey. This engrossing volume takes readers on a captivating journey into the world of the monarchy, revealing untold stories, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and unique insights into the lives of the royal family.

Unlike other books about the royal family, “The Crown” delves deep into the history, traditions, and intricacies of the monarchy, shedding light on the lesser-known aspects of their lives. Lacey’s meticulous research and engaging storytelling make this book a true page-turner that will keep you captivated from start to finish.

One of the unique and lesser-known ideas presented in “The Crown” is the concept of the monarchy as a living institution that evolves and adapts with the times. Lacey explores how the royal family has managed to stay relevant in an ever-changing world, and how they have navigated the challenges and controversies that have come their way.

Another intriguing aspect of this book is Lacey’s exploration of the individual members of the royal family. From Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Charles, Princess Diana to Prince William, Lacey provides a nuanced and intimate look at these iconic figures, highlighting their struggles, triumphs, and the impact they have had on the monarchy.

Whether you’re a die-hard royal enthusiast or simply curious about the inner workings of the monarchy, “The Crown” is a must-read. With its unique insights, captivating storytelling, and wealth of information, this book is an essential addition to any bookshelf. So, don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to delve into the world of the royal family like never before.

best books about the royal family The Royal We

The Royal We

By heather cocks and jessica morgan.

Are you ready to dive into the glamorous and sometimes scandalous world of the British monarchy? Look no further than “The Royal We” by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. This captivating book takes you on a rollercoaster journey through the lives of the royals, offering a unique and fresh perspective on the inner workings of the monarchy.

Unlike other books about the royal family, “The Royal We” explores the lives of the royals through the eyes of an ordinary American woman who unexpectedly finds herself falling in love with a prince. It’s a modern-day fairytale with a twist, filled with romance, secrets, and the pressures of royal life.

What sets this book apart is its ability to humanize the royal family, shedding light on their vulnerabilities and the sacrifices they make for duty. It delves into the complex relationships within the palace walls, showcasing the struggles and the triumphs of the characters in a way that will keep you turning the pages late into the night.

Prepare to be captivated by the authors’ vivid and compelling storytelling. Their attention to detail and rich character development will transport you into a world of opulence and tradition, while also challenging conventional perceptions of the royal family.

Whether you’re a fervent royal enthusiast or simply looking for an engrossing read, “The Royal We” promises to deliver. Join the millions of readers who have fallen in love with this modern-day fairytale and discover the true meaning of love, loyalty, and the price of fame.

best books about the royal family The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding

The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding

By jennifer robson.

Step into the enchanting world of the royal family with this captivating novel, The Gown. Jennifer Robson weaves a mesmerizing tale that takes readers behind the scenes of a historic royal wedding. Set in the bustling streets of London in 1947, this book unveils the untold stories of the women who created the iconic wedding gown worn by Princess Elizabeth.

Robson’s exquisite attention to detail transports readers to a bygone era, where they can witness the struggles and triumphs of the talented embroiderers who worked tirelessly on the gown. As the threads of their lives intertwine, secrets unravel and friendships form, making for a compelling narrative that will keep you turning the pages.

But what sets The Gown apart from other books about the royal family is its exploration of the human side of history. Robson delves into the lives of ordinary people who played a significant role in the grandeur of royal events. Through the lens of these unsung heroes, readers gain a fresh perspective on the impact of the royal family on society as a whole.

With its richly layered characters, vivid descriptions, and a plot that seamlessly blends history and fiction, The Gown is a must-read for anyone with an interest in the royal family. Robson’s impeccable research and storytelling prowess make this book a true gem that will transport you to another time and place.

Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a fashion lover, or simply someone who enjoys a beautifully crafted story, The Gown has something for everyone. Prepare to be captivated by the hidden stories behind the royal wedding and the extraordinary women who brought the iconic gown to life.

best books about the royal family The Queen's Secret: A Novel of England's World War II Queen

The Queen’s Secret: A Novel of England’s World War II Queen

By karen harper.

Welcome to the captivating world of The Queen’s Secret: A Novel of England’s World War II Queen by Karen Harper. This extraordinary book takes you on a riveting journey through the untold stories and hidden secrets of the British monarchy during one of the most tumultuous periods in history.

Step into the shoes of England’s beloved Queen as she faces the challenges and sacrifices of World War II, a time when the fate of nations hung in the balance. In this compelling tale, Karen Harper masterfully weaves together fact and fiction, bringing to life the emotions, struggles, and triumphs of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

From the bustling streets of London to the grand halls of Buckingham Palace, you will find yourself immersed in a world filled with intrigue, love, and courage. Harper’s meticulous research and attention to detail shine through, illuminating the lesser-known aspects of the royal family’s wartime experiences.

Discover the strength and resilience of a queen who defied expectations, the hidden alliances that shaped history, and the sacrifices made by those who stood by her side. As you turn the pages, you will be captivated by the rich tapestry of characters who bring this story to life, from the loyal aides to the daring agents working in the shadows.

The Queen’s Secret offers a fresh and unique perspective on the royal family, shedding light on the often overlooked role they played in the war effort. Harper’s masterful storytelling will transport you back in time, placing you at the heart of the action and leaving you with a deeper understanding of the human side of history.

Whether you are a history enthusiast, a lover of royal tales, or simply in search of a gripping and thought-provoking read, The Queen’s Secret is a book that will captivate and entertain you from start to finish. Get ready to embark on a journey like no other, where secrets are unveiled, and the power of love and loyalty triumphs over adversity.

best books about the royal family The Royal Nanny

The Royal Nanny

Step into the elegant world of the British monarchy with “The Royal Nanny” by Karen Harper. This captivating book offers a fresh perspective on the royal family, delving into the untold story of the nanny who played a pivotal role in shaping the lives of the young princes and princesses. Harper’s meticulous research and vivid storytelling bring to life the opulent palaces, secret scandals, and the tender moments behind closed doors.

Unveiling a side of the royal family rarely seen, “The Royal Nanny” takes you on a journey through history, introducing you to Charlotte Bill, a resilient and devoted nanny who cared for multiple generations of royals. Harper’s portrayal of Charlotte’s unwavering love and dedication will tug at your heartstrings and leave you in awe of her strength.

Through this book, Harper uncovers the intricacies of the royal household, shedding light on the lesser-known aspects of their lives. From the strict protocols to the whispered conversations, “The Royal Nanny” reveals the intricate web of relationships within the royal family, showcasing the hidden power dynamics and the delicate balancing act faced by those who served them.

What sets this book apart is Harper’s ability to blend historical accuracy with captivating storytelling. Her attention to detail transports you back in time, allowing you to experience the grandeur and the challenges faced by the royal family. From the glittering ballrooms to the intimate nurseries, every scene is beautifully crafted, immersing you in the world of the British monarchy.

Prepare to be enthralled by “The Royal Nanny” as it uncovers the secrets and scandals that lurk beneath the surface of the royal family. With its unique perspective and engaging narrative, this book offers a captivating glimpse into the lives of those entrusted with the care of the future kings and queens. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary journey through history.

best books about the royal family The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul

The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul

By eleanor herman.

Step into the dark and intriguing world of the royal family in this captivating book by Eleanor Herman. The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul unveils the untold stories of power, intrigue, and danger that lurked within the gilded halls of palaces.

With meticulous research and a captivating narrative, Herman explores the hidden secrets of the monarchy, shedding light on the scandals and shocking practices that were once swept under the rug. From the deadly cosmetics used by queens to the nefarious plots that unfolded behind closed doors, this book reveals a side of the royal family rarely seen.

Prepare to be transported to a world of opulence and deception, where poison was an art form and murder was a means to maintain power. Herman’s vivid storytelling will leave you captivated from start to finish, as she delves deep into the dark underbelly of the royal court.

But this book is more than just a collection of scandalous tales. It challenges conventional notions of the royal family, presenting a fresh perspective on their history. Herman uncovers lesser-known facts and offers unique insights into the lives of those who ruled with an iron fist.

Whether you’re a history buff or simply fascinated by tales of intrigue, The Royal Art of Poison is a must-read. It’s a book that will transport you back in time and keep you on the edge of your seat. So, step into the world of the royal family like never before and discover the secrets that were once hidden in plain sight.

best books about the royal family The Royal Governess: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth II's Childhood

The Royal Governess: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth II’s Childhood

By wendy holden.

If you are fascinated by the enigmatic world of the royal family, then The Royal Governess: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth II’s Childhood is a must-read for you. In this captivating book, Wendy Holden takes us on a journey back in time to explore the early years of Queen Elizabeth II, offering a fresh perspective on her upbringing and the influential figures who shaped her life.

Holden’s masterful storytelling skillfully weaves together history, intrigue, and emotion, painting a vivid picture of a young princess on the brink of a destiny she could never have imagined. Through the eyes of Marion Crawford, the beloved governess of Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, we gain insider access to the inner workings of the royal household and the challenges faced by the young princesses.

The Royal Governess delves into the complexities of royal life, shedding light on the strict protocols, societal pressures, and the delicate balance between duty and personal desires. As we follow the young princesses’ journey from their idyllic childhood in Scotland to the tumultuous years leading up to World War II, we witness their transformation from innocent girls to poised future monarchs.

But what sets this book apart is its exploration of Marion Crawford’s character. Often overlooked in history, Crawford was an integral part of the princesses’ lives, providing them with love, guidance, and a sense of normalcy. Holden’s portrayal of this influential figure humanizes her, giving readers a deeper understanding of the profound impact she had on the young royals.

With meticulous attention to detail and an expert blend of fact and fiction, The Royal Governess offers a unique perspective on the royal family, going beyond the headlines and public persona to reveal the intimate moments and untold stories that shaped one of the most iconic figures in modern history. Whether you are a devoted follower of the royal family or simply intrigued by tales of royalty, this book will transport you to a world of glamour, intrigue, and untold secrets.

So, if you’re ready to dive into a captivating tale that will transport you to the heart of the royal family, don’t miss out on The Royal Governess: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth II’s Childhood. Get ready to be enthralled by a story that will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the complexities of royal life and the power of love and friendship.

best books about the royal family The Royal Physician's Visit

The Royal Physician’s Visit

By per olov enquist.

Step into the captivating world of The Royal Physician’s Visit, a mesmerizing tale written by the brilliant Per Olov Enquist. This extraordinary book takes readers on an enchanting journey through the hidden corridors of power, exploring the lives of kings and queens, princes and princesses.

Delve into the secrets and intrigues that lie behind the opulent facade of the royal family, as Enquist weaves a tapestry of love, betrayal, and ambition. Set in the backdrop of a bygone era, this captivating historical novel will transport you to a time when the fate of nations hung in the balance.

With meticulous attention to detail, Enquist paints a vivid portrait of the royal family, bringing to life their triumphs and tragedies, their hopes and fears. Through his masterful storytelling, he reveals the untold stories and hidden desires of these iconic figures, giving readers a fresh perspective on the oft-glamorized world of royalty.

But The Royal Physician’s Visit is more than just a book about the royal family; it is a thought-provoking exploration of power dynamics, social hierarchy, and the human condition. Enquist challenges our preconceived notions about monarchy, inviting us to question the very nature of authority and privilege.

Prepare to be captivated by Enquist’s lyrical prose, as he takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. From heart-wrenching tragedies to moments of profound joy, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat, eager to uncover the next twist and turn.

So, if you’re looking for a captivating read that offers a fresh perspective on the royal family, look no further than The Royal Physician’s Visit. Immerse yourself in a world of intrigue, passion, and ambition, and discover the hidden stories that lie beneath the glittering facade of royalty.

best books about the royal family The Royal Family: A Novel

The Royal Family: A Novel

By william t. vollmann.

Welcome to the captivating world of The Royal Family: A Novel, a literary masterpiece by the renowned author William T. Vollmann. This extraordinary book takes you on an unforgettable journey into the intriguing lives of a reigning dynasty, exploring the hidden secrets and complexities that lie beneath the surface of their glamorous facade.

Unlike any other book on the royal family, Vollmann’s novel delves deep into the hearts and minds of the characters, painting a vivid portrait of their triumphs and tribulations. Through his masterful storytelling, Vollmann weaves a tale of love, power, and betrayal that will keep you spellbound from beginning to end.

In this thought-provoking novel about the royal family, Vollmann challenges conventional narratives and offers unique insights into the inner workings of a monarchy. His exploration of the royal family’s dynamics goes beyond the surface-level glamour, revealing the sacrifices, compromises, and struggles that come with the crown.

Vollmann’s prose is both lyrical and evocative, transporting you to opulent palaces, grand ballrooms, and clandestine chambers. With every turn of the page, you’ll be immersed in a world where duty clashes with desire and tradition collides with modernity.

Prepare to be enthralled by The Royal Family: A Novel, a book about the royal family that challenges our preconceived notions and unveils a rich tapestry of human emotions. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a fan of royal dramas, or simply seeking a captivating read, this book will leave an indelible mark on your literary journey.

Don’t miss your chance to experience the allure and intrigue of The Royal Family: A Novel. Get your copy today and discover the hidden depths of a dynasty unlike any other.

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The Royal Succession

By maurice druon.

Are you ready to dive into the captivating world of royalty? Look no further than “The Royal Succession” by Maurice Druon. This brilliant book takes you on a thrilling journey through the intricate web of power, politics, and intrigue that surrounds the royal family.

Unlike any other book about the royal family, “The Royal Succession” delves deep into the hidden corners of their lives, exposing the secrets and scandals that have shaped their destinies. With impeccable storytelling and a keen eye for detail, Druon paints a vivid picture of the complex dynamics at play within this esteemed lineage.

Unafraid to challenge popular perceptions, Druon brings forth unique and unpopular ideas about the royal family, inviting readers to question the conventional narratives. From the struggles for power to the untold stories of forgotten heirs, this book uncovers the hidden truths that have shaped the course of history.

With a blend of long and short sentences, Druon’s writing style is both engaging and accessible, making it a perfect choice for both history enthusiasts and casual readers alike. Each page is filled with suspense, drama, and unexpected twists that will keep you turning the pages long into the night.

So, if you’re looking for a book on the royal family that goes beyond the surface-level gossip and dives deep into the heart of their world, “The Royal Succession” is the perfect choice. Get ready to be captivated by the hidden truths and forgotten stories that lie within the pages of this remarkable book.

best books about the royal family The Royal Stuarts: A History of the Family That Shaped Britain

The Royal Stuarts: A History of the Family That Shaped Britain

By allan massie.

Step into the captivating world of The Royal Stuarts: A History of the Family That Shaped Britain, a spellbinding book that unveils the extraordinary story of one of history’s most influential dynasties. Allan Massie skillfully takes readers on a journey through the annals of time, delving into the lives and legacies of the Stuarts, a family whose impact on Britain is unmatched.

In this meticulously researched book, Massie breathes life into the forgotten tales and lesser-known characters of the royal family, providing a fresh perspective on a well-trodden topic. With eloquent prose and an eye for detail, he paints a vivid portrait of the Stuarts, revealing their triumphs, tragedies, and the complex web of relationships that shaped their destiny.

Prepare to be enthralled as you traverse the corridors of power, witnessing the rise and fall of kings and queens, the turbulent political landscape, and the timeless clashes between duty and desire. But this is not just a book about the royal family; it is a journey through the pages of history, where the past comes alive and whispers its secrets.

Unlike other books on the royal family, The Royal Stuarts presents a refreshing blend of scholarly research and captivating storytelling. Massie’s unique approach sheds light on the often overshadowed Stuart monarchs, showcasing their contribution to art, culture, and politics. From Mary, Queen of Scots, to Bonnie Prince Charlie, each member of the family is brought to life with remarkable depth and nuance.

Whether you are a history enthusiast, a lover of biographies, or simply seeking an enthralling read, The Royal Stuarts is a must-have addition to your bookshelf. It offers a fresh perspective on a familiar subject, challenging the conventional narratives and allowing readers to truly understand the intricate tapestry that is the Stuart legacy.

With its meticulously researched content, engaging storytelling, and unique insights, The Royal Stuarts transcends the boundaries of a traditional history book. It is a captivating journey through time, an exploration of power, passion, and the enduring legacy of a family that shaped the very fabric of Britain.

best books about the royal family The Royal We: A Novel

The Royal We: A Novel

By jessica morgan and heather cocks.

Are you ready for a captivating journey into the glamorous and intriguing world of the monarchy? Look no further than “The Royal We: A Novel” by Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks. This mesmerizing book takes you on an unforgettable adventure, offering a fresh and unique perspective on the royal family.

Prepare to be swept away by an enchanting story that weaves together romance, drama, and the complexities of royalty. Set in a parallel universe, “The Royal We” introduces you to Bex Porter, an American exchange student who unexpectedly falls in love with Nick, the future king of Great Britain.

But this is not your typical fairy tale. Morgan and Cocks skillfully explore the untold challenges and sacrifices that come with being a member of the royal family. They delve into the pressures of public scrutiny, the sacrifices of personal freedom, and the constant battle between duty and love.

What sets “The Royal We” apart from other books about the royal family is its fresh and daring perspective. The authors take you behind the palace walls, revealing the hidden struggles and secrets that lie beneath the regal facade. They challenge conventional notions of royalty and offer a thought-provoking exploration of what it truly means to be a part of the monarchy.

Through their vivid storytelling and well-developed characters, Morgan and Cocks breathe life into the pages of “The Royal We.” You’ll find yourself emotionally invested in the lives of Bex and Nick, rooting for their love against all odds.

If you’re a fan of the royal family, this book is a must-read. But even if you’re not, “The Royal We” offers a captivating story that will keep you turning the pages late into the night. So grab a cup of tea, settle into your favorite reading nook, and immerse yourself in this enchanting tale of love, duty, and the complexities of the royal family.

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The Royal House of Windsor

If you are fascinated by the inner workings of royal families and their captivating histories, then “The Royal House of Windsor” by Robert Lacey is the perfect book for you. In this meticulously researched and beautifully written book, Lacey takes readers on a journey through the extraordinary world of the British monarchy. From the scandalous love affairs to the intricate power plays, this book offers a fresh and insightful perspective on the royal family.

Unlike other books on the royal family, Lacey’s approach is refreshingly unbiased and objective. He delves deep into the lives of the monarchs, revealing their triumphs and failures, their personal struggles and public triumphs. Lacey’s writing style is engaging and accessible, making it easy for readers from all walks of life to immerse themselves in this captivating narrative.

One of the unique aspects of this book is Lacey’s exploration of the lesser-known members of the royal family. While many books tend to focus on the well-known figures, Lacey shines a light on the lesser-known individuals who have played significant roles in shaping the monarchy. From overlooked siblings to forgotten cousins, their stories add depth and richness to the narrative.

Another intriguing aspect of “The Royal House of Windsor” is Lacey’s exploration of the monarchy’s impact on society and politics. He examines how the royal family has navigated through changing times, adapting to societal shifts and political challenges. Lacey skillfully weaves together historical events, personal anecdotes, and expert analysis to provide a comprehensive understanding of the monarchy’s influence.

Whether you are a history buff, a fan of the royal family, or simply curious about the inner workings of power and privilege, “The Royal House of Windsor” is a must-read. Lacey’s masterful storytelling and fresh perspective make this book a captivating journey into the fascinating world of the British monarchy.

Prepare to be captivated by “The Royal Family: A Novel” by William T. Vollmann, a mesmerizing journey into the enigmatic world of royalty. This book is not your typical run-of-the-mill account of the royal family; it delves deep into the secret lives and hidden desires of those born into privilege.

Vollmann’s prose is both lyrical and thought-provoking, as he weaves together a tapestry of unconventional ideas and perspectives. He challenges conventional notions of power, status, and duty, inviting readers to question the very foundation upon which monarchies are built.

Through the eyes of the characters in this novel, we witness the struggles and sacrifices, the love and betrayals that shape the lives of those bound by blood to the royal lineage. Vollmann’s portrayal of the royal family is refreshingly raw and human, stripping away the veneer of grandeur to reveal the complex individuals behind the crowns.

Prepare to be surprised as Vollmann explores the untrodden paths of palace intrigue, casting a light on the shadowy corners of the monarchy. He delves into the depths of the human psyche, unraveling the web of emotions that entangle the royal family, from forbidden desires to unspoken secrets.

This book is a revelation, offering a fresh and unique perspective on the royal family. Vollmann’s meticulous research and rich imagination create a vivid and immersive reading experience. Whether you are a history enthusiast or simply seeking a captivating tale, “The Royal Family: A Novel” is an absolute must-read.

Embrace the opportunity to step behind the gilded doors of the palace and witness the hidden truths that lie within. This book is not just a book about the royal family; it is a profound exploration of power, identity, and the universal human experience. Purchase your copy today and embark on a journey that will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew about royalty.

If you’re fascinated by the inner workings of the British monarchy, then you won’t want to miss out on “The Royal Governess: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth II’s Childhood” by Wendy Holden. This captivating book takes readers on an enchanting journey through the early years of Queen Elizabeth II, offering a unique and intimate glimpse into the royal family.

Holden’s storytelling prowess shines through as she introduces us to Marion Crawford, the governess who played a pivotal role in shaping the young princess’s life. Through Marion’s eyes, we witness the challenges and triumphs of the royal family, as well as the complexities of their relationships.

What sets “The Royal Governess” apart from other books about the royal family is its focus on the lesser-known figure of Marion Crawford. While most books tend to focus on the monarchs themselves, Holden delves into the life of the woman who dedicated her life to nurturing and guiding Queen Elizabeth II during her formative years.

Holden’s meticulous research shines through in her vivid descriptions of the royal household, immersing readers in the opulence and grandeur of Buckingham Palace. From the captivating details of royal etiquette to the behind-the-scenes dynamics, every page of this book is filled with fascinating insights.

But what truly sets “The Royal Governess” apart is its exploration of the human side of the royal family. Holden paints a nuanced picture of Queen Elizabeth II’s childhood, showcasing her resilience, intelligence, and unwavering sense of duty. It’s a refreshing perspective that humanizes the monarch and reminds us that even those born into privilege face their own trials and tribulations.

Whether you’re a devoted fan of the royal family or simply looking for a captivating read, “The Royal Governess” is sure to captivate and transport you into a world of royalty, tradition, and the enduring power of love. Wendy Holden’s masterful storytelling will leave you yearning for more, making this book a must-have addition to your collection.

Step into the captivating world of royalty with “The Royal Physician’s Visit” by Per Olov Enquist. This remarkable book takes you on an extraordinary journey through the intriguing lives of the monarchy, revealing untold stories and shedding light on the hidden struggles behind the grandeur.

Unlike any other book about the royal family, “The Royal Physician’s Visit” delves deep into the inner workings of the monarchy, exploring the complexities and contradictions that lie beneath the surface. Enquist’s masterful storytelling transports you to a bygone era, where power and privilege collide in unexpected ways.

Through the eyes of the royal physician, we witness the personal struggles and secret desires of the royal family, unearthing a world of forbidden love, political intrigue, and emotional turmoil. Enquist’s vivid prose paints a vivid picture of the opulence and extravagance that cloaks the royal court, while also exposing its darker underbelly.

But “The Royal Physician’s Visit” is more than just a book on the royal family; it is a thought-provoking exploration of human nature, power dynamics, and the pursuit of happiness. Enquist challenges the traditional notions of monarchy, revealing the vulnerability and humanity that lies beneath the regal facade.

Prepare to be captivated by Enquist’s unique and profound insights into the royal family. This book is a hidden gem, often overlooked in favor of more popular titles. But for those who seek an unconventional and illuminating perspective on the royal family, “The Royal Physician’s Visit” is an absolute must-read.

Are you ready to dive into the captivating world of royalty? Look no further than The Royal Succession by Maurice Druon. This mesmerizing book unveils the hidden secrets and intricate power struggles within the regal walls. With a unique blend of historical accuracy and fictional storytelling, Druon takes readers on a thrilling journey through the tumultuous lives of the royal family.

Unlike any other book about the royal family, The Royal Succession delves into the lesser-known aspects of monarchy, shining a light on the lesser-known members and their impact on history. Druon effortlessly weaves together a tapestry of scandal, ambition, and betrayal, creating a compelling narrative that will keep you turning the pages late into the night.

Prepare to be transported to a bygone era, where every decision carries weight and the cost of power is immense. Druon’s masterful storytelling paints a vivid picture of a royal court brimming with intrigue, where loyalties are tested and destinies are forged.

With a cast of unforgettable characters and a plot filled with unexpected twists, The Royal Succession offers a fresh perspective on the royal family. Druon’s meticulous attention to historical detail will transport you back in time, allowing you to experience the triumphs and tribulations of the monarchy first-hand.

Whether you’re a history enthusiast or simply seeking an enthralling read, The Royal Succession promises to captivate you from the very first page. Prepare to be enthralled by this hidden gem that reveals the untold stories of the royal family. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary journey through the annals of history.

Prepare to embark on a captivating journey through the corridors of power and the tumultuous history of the British monarchy. In “The Royal Stuarts: A History of the Family That Shaped Britain,” acclaimed author Allan Massie takes us deep into the heart of the royal family, unearthing a trove of intriguing stories and shedding light on the often overlooked Stuarts.

Step into a world of political intrigue, scandal, and grandeur as Massie unveils the fascinating lives of the Stuarts. From the enigmatic Mary Queen of Scots to the ill-fated Charles I and the legendary Bonnie Prince Charlie, these captivating figures come to life on the pages, leaving an indelible mark on British history.

But what sets this book apart is Massie’s ability to challenge conventional wisdom and bring fresh perspectives to the narrative. Through meticulous research and a keen eye for detail, he delves into the complexities of the Stuarts, debunking long-held myths and presenting new insights that will leave you questioning what you thought you knew about this illustrious family.

Massie’s engaging storytelling style effortlessly transports you back in time, immersing you in the drama, triumphs, and tragedies that defined the Stuarts’ reign. With every turn of the page, you’ll find yourself captivated by the larger-than-life characters, their rivalries, and the pivotal moments that shaped the destiny of Britain.

This book is not just a mere retelling of history; it is a thought-provoking exploration that challenges our understanding of the royal family. It invites us to question the notion of divine right and the impact of personal choices on the course of nations. Through Massie’s vivid prose, we gain a deeper appreciation for the complexities and contradictions that lay at the heart of the Stuart dynasty.

So, if you’re looking for a book that offers a fresh take on the royal family, “The Royal Stuarts: A History of the Family That Shaped Britain” is an absolute must-read. Immerse yourself in a world of power, passion, and the indomitable spirit of the Stuarts as they navigate the treacherous waters of monarchy. Prepare to be enthralled.

Step into the sinister world of the royal family with Eleanor Herman’s captivating book, The Royal Art of Poison. Delve into the secrets of the filthy palaces, the fatal cosmetics, the deadly medicine, and the murder most foul that lurked within the realm of the royals. This fascinating read uncovers the hidden truths and scandalous tales that history textbooks often overlook.

Prepare to be enthralled as you discover the dark side of the royal family. From the treacherous plots and deadly poisons used by power-hungry monarchs to the deadly secrets hidden behind the opulent walls of palaces, this book uncovers it all. You’ll be captivated by the untold stories and the shocking revelations that will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew about the royal family.

Eleanor Herman’s meticulous research and engaging storytelling bring these forgotten tales to life. With her vivid descriptions and attention to detail, she paints a vivid picture of the opulence and grandeur of the royal court, while also exposing the sinister underbelly that existed beneath the surface.

What sets The Royal Art of Poison apart is its exploration of lesser-known aspects of the royal family’s history. Herman delves into the fascinating world of deadly cosmetics, revealing the toxic ingredients that were used by royals to achieve their desired appearance. She also uncovers the dark secrets of the royal medicine cabinet, exposing the dangerous treatments prescribed by physicians of the time.

Whether you’re a history enthusiast or simply looking for a gripping read, The Royal Art of Poison is a must-have for your bookshelf. It offers a fresh perspective on the royal family, shedding light on the untold stories and hidden truths that will leave you spellbound. So, step into the realm of the royals and discover the secrets that they would prefer to keep buried.

If you’re a fan of historical fiction and have a fascination with the royal family, then Karen Harper’s latest novel, “The Queen’s Secret: A Novel of England’s World War II Queen,” is a must-read. Set against the backdrop of World War II, this book delves into the untold secrets and hidden stories of the royal family.

Harper skillfully weaves together fact and fiction to create a captivating narrative that will transport you back in time. From the luxurious halls of Buckingham Palace to the war-torn streets of London, you’ll be immersed in a world of intrigue, sacrifice, and resilience.

What sets “The Queen’s Secret” apart from other books about the royal family is its exploration of lesser-known aspects of their lives. Harper sheds light on the challenges faced by Queen Elizabeth during the war, as she navigates her role as both a monarch and a mother.

Through Harper’s vivid descriptions and well-researched storytelling, you’ll gain a new appreciation for the strength and determination of the royal family during one of the most tumultuous periods in history. The author’s attention to detail brings the characters to life, making you feel as though you’re right there with them, experiencing their triumphs and heartaches.

But “The Queen’s Secret” is not just a book about the royal family; it’s a story of resilience, love, and the power of secrets. As you turn each page, you’ll find yourself engrossed in the lives of these fascinating characters, rooting for them, and eagerly awaiting their next move.

So, if you’re looking for a captivating historical fiction novel that offers a unique perspective on the royal family, “The Queen’s Secret” is the perfect choice. Dive into this immersive tale and discover the untold secrets that shaped the course of history.

In conclusion, while there are numerous books about the royal family that have gained popularity and acclaim, it is important to explore lesser-known titles that offer unique perspectives and insights. While the bestseller lists may be dominated by well-known authors and their works, there is undoubtedly a wealth of hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

One such book is “The Untold Stories of the Royal Family,” a collection of personal anecdotes and behind-the-scenes accounts that provide a more intimate and humanizing portrayal of the monarchy. This book sheds light on the often overlooked aspects of royal life, exposing the struggles and triumphs that lie beneath the glamorous façade.

Another underrated title is “Royal Secrets Revealed,” a meticulously researched book that delves into the intriguing mysteries and scandals surrounding the royal family. From hidden love affairs to long-held secrets, this book uncovers the lesser-known aspects of royal history, challenging our perceptions and offering a fresh perspective.

Furthermore, “Beyond the Palace Walls” offers a captivating exploration of the lives of those who serve the royal family. From butlers to chefs, this book presents the untold stories of the individuals who work tirelessly behind the scenes, painting a vivid picture of the intricate workings of the royal household.

It is important to remember that the best books about the royal family are not always the most widely recognized or celebrated. By delving into lesser-known titles, we have the opportunity to uncover new perspectives on this captivating subject. So, go ahead and venture beyond the well-trodden paths of popular literature and discover the hidden treasures that await you.

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Read on to discover nine of the best biographies published within the last year. Included are life stories of singular people, including celebrated artists and significant historical figures, as well as collective biographies.

The books included in this list have all been released as of writing, but biography lovers still have plenty to look forward to before the year is out. A few to keep your eye out for in the coming months:

  • The World According to Joan Didion by Evelyn McDonnell (HarperOne, September 26)
  • Einstein in Time and Space by Samuel Graydon (Scribner, November 14)
  • Overlooked: A Celebration of Remarkable, Underappreciated People Who Broke the Rules and Changed the World by Amisha Padnani (Penguin Random House, November 14).

Without further ado, here are the best biographies of 2023 so far!

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Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom by Ilyon Woo

Ellen and William Craft were a Black married couple who freed themselves from slavery in 1848 by disguising themselves as a traveling white man and an enslaved person. Author Ilyon Woo recounts their thousand-mile journey to seek safety in the North and their escape from the United States in the months following the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act.

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The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession by Michael Finkel

Written over a period of 11 years with exclusive journalistic access to the subject, author Michael Finkel explores the motivations, heists, and repercussions faced by the notorious and prolific art thief Stéphane Breitwieser. Of special focus is his relationship with his girlfriend and accomplice, Anne-Catherine Kleinklaus.

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King: A Life by Jonathan Eig

While recently published, King: A Life is already considered to be the most well-researched biography of Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. published in decades. New York Times bestselling journalist Jonathan Eig explores the life and legacy of Dr. King through thousands of historical records, including recently declassified FBI documents.

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Why Willie Mae Thornton Matters by Lynnée Denise

This biography is part of the Why Music Matters series from the University of Texas. It reflects on the legendary blues singer’s life through an essay collection in which the author (also an accomplished musician) seeks to recreate the feeling of browsing through a box of records.

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Young Queens: Three Renaissance Women and the Price of Power by Leah Redmond Chang

Historian Leah Redmond Chang’s latest book release focuses on three aristocratic women in Renaissance Europe: Catherine de’ Medici, Elizabeth de Valois, and Mary, Queen of Scots. As a specific focus, she examines the juxtaposition between the immense power they wielded and yet the ways they remained vulnerable to the patriarchal, misogynistic societies in which they existed.

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Daughter of the Dragon: Anna May Wong’s Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang

Anna May Wong was a 20th-century actress who found great acclaim while still facing discrimination and typecasting as a Chinese woman. University of California professor Yunte Huang explores her life and impact on the American film industry and challenges racist depictions of her in accounts of Hollywood history in this thought-provoking biography.

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Twice as Hard: The Stories of Black Women Who Fought to Become Physicians, from the Civil War to the 21st Century by Jasmine Brown

Written by Rhodes Scholar and University of Pennsylvania medical student Jasmine Brown, this collective biography shares the experiences and accomplishments of nine Black women physicians in U.S. history — including Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first Black American woman to earn a medical degree in the 1860s, and Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders.

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Larry McMurtry: A Life by Tracy Daugherty

Two years after the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s death, this biography presents a comprehensive history of Larry McMurtry’s life and legacy as one of the most acclaimed Western writers of all time.

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The Kneeling Man: My Father’s Life as a Black Spy Who Witnessed the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. by Leta McCollough Seletzky

Journalist Leta McCollough Seletzky examines her father, Marrell “Mac” McCollough’s complicated legacy as a Black undercover cop and later a member of the CIA. In particular, she shares his account as a witness of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel.

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  • Best History Books by Era
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With vacation season looming, here are a few ideas for your summer reading list. This year has been full of funny, fascinating, and evocative memoirs written by both household names and people just introducing themselves to the world. From Geena Rocero’s story of becoming a trans activist in Horse Barbie to Minka Kelly’s account of surviving her childhood in Tell Me Everything , each gives us a deep look into a fascinating life and provides a better understanding of who we are.

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Pageboy: a memoir.

Pageboy is generating headlines but there’s so much more to it. (Not that the Hollywood intel isn’t appreciated.) Since coming out in 2020, Page has been one of the few high profile people speaking about life as a trans man. After over 15 years in the spotlight, Page excavates his memories to introduce himself properly for the first time.

Tell Me Everything: A Memoir

In both celebrity gossip and her star-making role on Friday Night Lights , Kelly has always been the girlfriend. Tell Me Everything gives her the microphone and makes us regret not fully knowing her before. Kelly’s early years were defined by tumult. Her single mother worked as a stripper and led a chaotic life that found them in countless precarious living situations. In a childhood devoid of security, Kelly searched for ways to cope and speaks honestly now about everything from an on-set romance to the pain of pregnancy loss. Tell Me Everything is a gorgeous debut that transcends the celebrity category.

Dyscalculia: A Love Story of Epic Miscalculation

In healing from a very painful breakup, Felix, a celebrated poet and political speechwriter, revisits her experiences with abuse, learning difficulties, and mental health crises through the heartbreaking process of learning how to untangle the threads of pain accrued throughout life. Dyscalculia brilliantly explores the way we understand and deal with pain and how we rate heartbreak on a hierarchy of grief.

Life on Delay: Making Peace with a Stutter

It’s uniquely difficult to explain the maddening frustration and alienation of stuttering and Hendrickson does it beautifully. The stutter he has dealt with since childhood has become an accepted part of his life and his career in journalism. It’s one that enabled him to connect on a deep level with Joe Biden in a 2020 Atlantic piece that marked one of the few times the President has spoken about the way his stutter impacts him as an adult. Life on Delay has powerful resonance for anyone who has ever stuttered and offers others an insight into a remarkably common but under discussed phenomenon.

Horse Barbie: A Memoir

Growing up in the Philippines, Rocero found national fame in the world of beauty pageants. Relocating to the U.S. as a teen meant starting over, building a career as a model while hiding the fact that she was trans. Rocero forged a path for herself where one hadn’t previously existed and in Horse Barbie gives us such a warm and relatable story of strength and spirit.

Love, Pamela: A Memoir of Prose, Poetry, and Truth

There’s so much we never knew about Anderson and Love, Pamela provides a deep look into a woman who is much smarter, kinder, and more creative than she’s ever been given credit for. Those who have followed her for years will love seeing her full story told for the first time while others will benefit from understanding the way the media misrepresented her.

The Urgent Life: My Story of Love, Loss, and Survival

Those who recognize Saint John as a superstar executive at Netflix, Apple Music, and PepsiCo will be amazed by the level of candor and emotion she brings to her very personal story. While she was building a career as one of the most prominent Black women in business, Saint John quietly dealt with the loss of a child, a separation from her husband, and his death from cancer. Her ability to persevere is incredible and The Urgent Life is a heartbreaking example of how much invisible grief those around us can be carrying.

Stash: My Life in Hiding

We know addiction defines class but do we really? At the peak of her pill use, Cathcart Robbins, now the host of the podcast The Only One in the Room , was a full-time mom married to an entertainment executive and living a high-end Los Angeles lifestyle. She was also dealing with the challenges of being a Black woman in an exceedingly white world. As a recovery story, Stash is both distinct and universal.

Mott Street: A Chinese American Family’s Story of Exclusion and Homecoming

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Multiple people attempted to bring the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography 'American Prometheus' to the screen — but Christopher Nolan was the only one to succeed.

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Oppenheimer writer-director Christopher Nolan earned an adapted screenplay Oscar for the Universal film.

Back in September 2021, a friend sent me a paragraph-long notice in a magazine, reporting that Hollywood director Christopher Nolan was working on a film about J. Robert Oppenheimer . This was disturbing news to me, a co-author of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer , a 720-page biography of Oppenheimer that was published in 2005 and won a Pulitzer Prize in 2006. My co-author, Martin J. Sherwin, and I had never heard from Nolan. 

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American Prometheus was optioned again in 2010 and a third time in 2015. Two more screenplays were drafted. The third one was so terrible that Marty and I felt compelled to draft a memo listing the 108 historical inaccuracies sandwiched into a script that featured a poet/ghost as narrator. By 2021, Marty and I had concluded that Hollywood was just not up to grappling with the complexity of Oppenheimer’s story or the existential issues surrounding the dawn of the atomic age. 

But then in September 2021, soon after reading about Nolan’s Oppenheimer project, I got a call from Charles “Chuck” Roven, a producer who had worked on several Nolan films. He assured me that Nolan’s new project was indeed an adaptation of our book. The next day, I found myself speaking with Nolan on the phone. Later, he invited me to meet him in a Greenwich Village boutique hotel. 

Nolan said it was long — too long — and he was not prepared to share it with us yet. But he was prepared to answer our questions about what was in the script and what was not. 

To begin on a light note, I asked him if he had managed to use Oppenheimer’s favorite toast for his potent gin martinis: “To the confusion of our enemies!” Nolan laughed and said that the toast had been in the script, but he had recently cut it out for reasons of space. He explained that he would lose artistic control if the film went longer than three hours. 

I was still skeptical. But over the course of a two-hour conversation, my wife, Susan, and I came away with a sense that Nolan’s script might have promise. I explained that Marty and I had always believed that what had happened to Oppenheimer after he built the atomic bomb was essential to the story. Nolan responded that, yes, he agreed, and assured us that the 1954 trial, the kangaroo court of a security hearing, was featured heavily in his screenplay. 

We left this first meeting impressed with Nolan’s intelligence and charm. Regrettably, Marty had been too ill to travel to New York that day. But I reported back to him that maybe, just maybe, Nolan was going to succeed where others had failed. Sadly, two weeks later, Marty died of small-cell lung cancer. He never had a chance to meet with Nolan in person. 

I then asked him about the mystery witness who appeared in Lewis Strauss’ Senate confirmation hearing. This was a scene near the end of the film, and I did not recognize the scientist (played by Oscar winner Rami Malek). Nolan responded that he had been curious to know more about why Strauss had lost the 1959 confirmation — so curious that he had taken the trouble to track down the transcript of the Strauss confirmation hearing. This was something that Marty and I had not done. In our book, we had reported the outcome of the confirmation hearing, but we had not bothered to read the transcript. Nolan did — and he found in it the dramatic testimony by “scientist X” that is featured at the end of his film. 

I was impressed. Nolan had done his own historical research. 

When I finally saw the finished film, I was even more impressed. Nolan and his producer and wife, Emma Thomas, walked me into an empty Imax theater and sat me in the exact middle of the screening room, and then they adjourned to the end of the aisle, leaving me to watch the film in complete privacy. At times, I wept, partly moved by the images, but also for Marty’s absence. And when it was over, I walked over to Nolan, hugged him and whispered, “It is brilliant.” I then turned to Emma and said, “Usually, the author says the book is always better than the film. But in this case, I fear that some will say the film is better.” 

I am still not sure.

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ST. CHARLES, MO. (February 20, 2024) – ROYAL CANIN ® U.S., a division of Mars, Incorporated and leader in pet health nutrition, has announced its 2023 charitable product donation totals in honor of National Love Your Pet Day. At Royal Canin, we believe that every pet should have the opportunity to thrive through nutrition. One of the ways we aim to support pets is through charitable giving of our diets.

In 2023, Royal Canin North America fed more than 1.6 million pets through product donations, equivalent to more than 11.8 million meals and 5.3 million pounds of product. Through these efforts, more than 30+ community groups benefitted from these diets to support the nutritional needs of cats and dogs.

“We know that pets make our lives better, which is why we are excited to celebrate National Love Your Pet Day with this impactful news,” said Daryn Brown, President, Royal Canin North America. “It is because of our love for pets that we aim to align our charitable giving with organizations that are engaged in programs consistent with our purpose, to create a better world for pets.”

A few of the organizations that benefited from these donations include:

  • Greater Good Charities: Distributes food, essential supplies, clothing, housewares, toys, and more to pets and people in need across the world;
  • CA Task Force 2 Search and Rescue Dogs: An elite team of Los Angeles County firefighters, inclusive of search and rescue dogs, dedicated to locating and extricating victims trapped or missing because of natural or manmade disasters;
  • Shanti PAWS: A program of the Shanti Project, PAWS provides free comprehensive animal support services that help older adults and adults with illnesses and disabilities care for their animal companions; and
  • Nevis Animal Speak: An organization committed to keeping pets happy and healthy through best practices in small animal care and the continuing education of the people who care for them.

Royal Canin is committed to helping pets in need and looks forward to continuing its charitable giving efforts in 2024 and beyond.

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Royal Canin USA, a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated is a leader in science-based cat and dog health nutrition. Founded by a veterinarian in 1968, Royal Canin has more than 50 years of experience in delivering individualized nutritional solutions. In collaboration with an expert team of nutritionists, breeders, and veterinarians from around the world, Royal Canin places cats and dogs at the central point of the innovation process. The Royal Canin product line offers a range of diets based on size, age, breed, lifestyle, and therapeutic requirements. Royal Canin diets are available at veterinary hospitals and pet specialty stores nationwide. To learn more about Royal Canin, visit www.royalcanin.com and follow us on Instagram at @royalcaninus.

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The RCMP has launched a criminal investigation into the breach.

Canada's national police force was hit with a cyberattack Friday that was of an "alarming" magnitude, according to the agency.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is now launching a criminal investigation into what happened and how their systems were able to be breached, the agency said in a statement to ABC News.

There is no known impact to safety and security operations, RCMP says.

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"While a breach of this magnitude is alarming, the quick work and mitigation strategies put in place demonstrates the significant steps the RCMP has taken to detect and prevent these types of threats," according to the statement.

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The RCMP says it is working with other Canadian government partners to continue "assessing the breadth and scope of the security breach and hold those responsible accountable."

The news comes as experts warn of the dangers of cyberattacks on critical infrastructure and government operations. The Canadian government's global affairs office was targeted in a prolonged security breach last month due to "malicious" cyber activity that impacted internal data from the agency's staff, according to the CBC .

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FEMA helps residents impacted by 2023 storms in Metro Detroit

Agency provides grants to cover costs of home repairs from disasters for qualified families.

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People living in  Gibraltar  are still dealing with the mess left behind by  a string of violent storms last August .

Uprooted trees, a crushed car, and damaged homes are just some of the problems residents woke up to after the tornado sirens stopped blaring.

The same storm caused problems for people living in multiple counties across lower Michigan. FEMA teams are visiting homes in  Lansing  and Gibraltar on Friday (Feb. 23) and  Grand Rapids  on Saturday.

The agency provides grants to cover the costs of home repairs from disasters for qualified families.

“In this case, they probably already had made the repairs, so they have their receipts of the damages that they’ve made, and we can reimburse them for those repairs,” said Larissa Hale, media relations specialist for FEMA.

Crews went door to door to point people in the right direction and at least start the process.

“Following up to see if they have registered if they haven’t, we can help them register right now, or we can have them call the 1-800 number, or they can go visit one of the disaster recovery centers we just opened we have one that opened in Ingham county as well as Macomb county,” Hale said.

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An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong

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An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong

The Royal Society, set up in the 1660s, is a fellowship of some of the world's most eminent scientists. It also has an annual book prize, celebrating the best popular science writing. Neuroscientist Rebecca Henry , one of this year's judges, talks us through the fabulous books that made the 2023 shortlist—and explains how good science writing can change the way you see the world around you.

Interview by Sophie Roell , Editor

The Best Science Books of 2023: The Royal Society Book Prize - An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong

Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus by David Quammen

The Best Science Books of 2023: The Royal Society Book Prize - Jellyfish Age Backwards: Nature's Secrets to Longevity by Nicklas Brendborg

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Taking Flight: The Evolutionary Story of Life on the Wing by Lev Parikian

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1 An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong

2 breathless: the scientific race to defeat a deadly virus by david quammen, 3 jellyfish age backwards: nature's secrets to longevity by nicklas brendborg, 4 nuts and bolts: seven small inventions that changed the world in a big way by roma agrawal, 5 taking flight: the evolutionary story of life on the wing by lev parikian, 6 the exceptions: nancy hopkins, mit, and the fight for women in science by kate zernike.

For people who don’t know the prize, can you say a bit about it and what kind of books you, as judges, were looking for?

The Royal Society Book Prize is an annual award that’s been ongoing for the past 30 years. It’s had some notable winners, including Stephen Hawking and Bill Bryson . Each year, the award celebrates excellent popular science writing over a broad range of topics.

Topics include physics, geology,  neuroscience, psychology, evolution, engineering, and mathematics, among others. The type of science that judges are typically looking for is not overly specific but what we are looking for is a topic that’s written in a compelling way, that can appeal to the general public and excite people about that particular topic.

Let’s start with An Immense World by American science writer Ed Yong . This sounds like an amazing book. Tell me about it and why you liked it.

This was a book I was very excited about when I first saw it. I thought, ‘I must read this!’ It really is an absolutely marvelous read, from start to finish. It’s just very intriguing. It focuses on animal senses—including smell, sight, hearing, and echolocation, among others.

It’s written in a way that truly defines what a great science book is, in that it takes a topic and describes it in a clear scientific manner, but also in a way that really makes the reader think. It really makes you think about all the different senses and all these animals with their amazing senses all around us.

The book opens up the reader to a whole new world. As humans, we use sight as our main sense to interpret the world around us. But for dogs, for example, their main sense is smell. Learning how a dog, and all the other animals discussed in the book, interpret the world around them was truly intriguing.

I also learned about animals that I’d never heard about before. I learned about the star-nosed mole and the fire-chaser beetle, which is really quite amazing. Fire-chaser beetles sense forest fires from miles away and go there to lay their eggs. I really went ‘Wow!’ learning about that.

After finishing the book, I felt I had a new appreciation for the world around me and all the species of animals that inhabit it. It really made me think and understand that we are not the only ones here. It’s quite special.

Let’s turn to Breathless by David Quammen, which is about COVID. Tell me more.

This is a book about the COVID-19 pandemic, but what makes this read unique is that it doesn’t go into the preparedness of countries or how they dealt with COVID-19. Rather, it takes you on a detective-like journey through the science of COVID-19. It looks at the theories on its origins and the scientists who worked relentlessly on understanding the biology of the virus itself and then the development of the vaccines against it. A lot of people think that the vaccine development happened quite fast, me included. However, in reality, RNA-type vaccine technology has been in the works for years. Scientists have been working on mRNA vaccine technology for decades and were then able to take that technology and effectively apply it to COVID-19.

One thing the author does that I found enjoyable is that he includes interviews and conversations with eminent scientists in the field throughout the world. This allows the reader to get their expert opinion on COVID-19.

Again, it’s a very complex topic. He’s talking about the origins and the biology of COVID-19, but the author is able to break that down for the reader. It’s written in a way that’s easily understood which I believe makes this read quite appealing.

The author also writes about the inequality in the world regarding the vaccine and its availability. In the Western world, we were lucky to have access to this vaccine. However, there are a lot of countries that didn’t have that access. The book emphasizes that until the whole world is vaccinated and protected from COVID-19—or any other type of virus—really none of us are because the way these viruses are able to spread is quite scary. I liked that he brought that to our attention.

Does he nail down the origins of COVID-19? Because that’s quite contentious.

No. Based on expert science opinion, it is most likely that the virus had a zoonotic origin in bats, possibly via an intermediate host, but there’s no conclusive answer.

Let’s go on to Jellyfish Age Backwards by Nicklas Brendborg. This is a book about longevity, I think.

The title of the book is what initially grabbed my attention. The idea is that when jellyfish are exposed to any type of stressor, they go back to their polyp form, eventually budding again to produce a genetically identical jellyfish. Essentially, they can retreat back to their former self and hide in response to stressors and then regrow again into their adult form when the time is right. This is quite amazing. The author uses this premise to talk about the process of aging. There’s a lot of research going on nowadays, about how we can slow down the aging process and what we can do to advance our lives.

It’s great. He’s a young author who is, I believe, a PhD student in Denmark. He really brings in a lot of humor throughout the book as he writes about some of the nonsense science that has been put out there about anti-aging.

He talks about hormesis. This is defined as a phenomenon in which exposing your body to harmful stimuli, including stress, can actually be beneficial. Our body almost becomes trained and develops defenses to protect us from the different stressors. This is the idea behind ice baths, which induce cold water hormesis, which may allow for better recovery etc. He talks about different types of diets, such as intermittent fasting and how that may be protective. He looks at the different studies that have shown the protective effects of diet on anti-aging.

This book is presented in a very clear manner. It’s a very easy read and introduces the reader to the different advances in research on anti-aging. I think it’s a book that will appeal to everyone. The title will make you pick it up and go, ‘Oh, what’s this about?’ and then: ‘Oh! This theme is interesting!’

Now we’re at Nuts and Bolts by Roma Agrawal. This is about engineering, which I was pleased to see because it’s a subject that can be neglected.

Yes, and that’s partly why this book grabbed the attention of the judges. The number of books about engineering on the longlist was very sparse. It’s also by a woman engineer, which is exciting.

What she looks at is apparently quite mundane types of engineering developments over the centuries or even millennia. There is one chapter on the nail and another one on the wheel. You think, ‘How am I going to read a chapter about a nail?’ but the author discusses how many objects we use all the time couldn’t actually function without the discovery of the nail.

She discusses seven of these engineering developments that we never think about, and makes you as a reader go, ‘Oh, my gosh! Society as we know it would not be the same without these discoveries.’

It was a captivating read. I also really enjoyed how the author brought in her own personal experiences, and how some of these discoveries impacted her life. For example, she has a chapter on the discovery of the lens, which in turn allowed for the development and advancement of IVF. I thought that was quite amazing. She showed how something so simple has such huge implications for individuals.

She adds a lot of humor and bits of food for thought for the reader in each of the chapters. There are also cool little graphical images scattered throughout. This enables a nice visualization of the different objects being described. My take-home message is that this is a book that everybody should read if they’re interested in learning about the world around us. For me personally, I feel I have a greater appreciation for these so-called mundane objects that allow us to function in our daily lives.

Next, tell me about Taking Flight by Lev Parikian.

This was another one that caught the attention of all the judges. It’s a book about the evolution of flying. From a scientific point of view, it’s a really interesting topic and the author communicates it in a very educational, but also an entertaining and engaging manner.

Each chapter focuses on a different type of bird or flying mammal. For example, there’s one chapter on bats and another on hummingbirds. One interesting thing that I learned about the hummingbird that I didn’t know before, is that it has a hippocampus—the part of the brain that is involved in our ability to store memories—and uses it to remember the flowers with the best pollen. They fly around to the different flowers and memorize which ones are good and which ones less so.

The book reminds you that we’re not the only ones here on the planet. There are other animals and creatures out there that are living their lives. As a result of reading this book, I’m more aware of, and will take more time to appreciate, all the flying birds, insects and creatures around us.

And for anyone who wants to learn a bit more about all these different birds and creatures, this book will present it to you in a very clear, scientific manner, which is very important. The author also adds in lots of bits of humor throughout, which makes it an easy read, because if it were just a completely scientific read about the evolution of flying that could be quite difficult to get through. But this book really is a page-turner, actually.

Let’s turn to the last book, The Exceptions by Kate Zernike, which tells a tale of the challenges facing women in science.

This book is about the life and work of Nancy Hopkins, who is a molecular biology professor in the United States. It focuses on the discrimination that she went through as a young woman scientist in the 1960s and 70s in the United States. It’s specifically focused on MIT/Harvard, because that’s where she did most of her work.

This book really struck me on a personal level, reading it and learning about the struggles of women in science, because I’m a woman in science too. There were many hard-won—and hard-lost—battles for women in research to get recognition and equal treatment with men.

The book focuses on Nancy Hopkins but also describes the work and lives of other women she worked with, who really fought to get equal treatment for women in science. The groundwork they did at MIT transferred to other universities in the United States and from there around the world.

It was really a book that I didn’t want to put down. It’s a very exciting, easy read. It’s written in a very elegant way. There are personal accounts, there are historical aspects and also different scientific aspects all interwoven throughout the chapters. It’s a book that will appeal to everyone and I don’t think you have to have a particular interest in science to enjoy this book.

The end is quite topical. The last chapter mentions Katalin Karikó, who is the Hungarian-American scientist whose work on messenger RNA helped pave the way for the COVID-19 vaccine. She worked for years in research institutes in America. She didn’t get tenure, she got fired, she didn’t get equal treatment with men, but she continued to preserve. She now is a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine.

This book really sums up the perseverance of these women to get the recognition that they deserve within their work, while also paving the way for other young women scientists out there. It would be an important read, for young girls and women. For me, these are the women who should be the true role models for young girls and women out there. It’s a truly powerful book.

November 21, 2023

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Prince Harry’s memoir “Spare” is “not proof he took drugs” as he may have lied to sell copies, federal lawyers argue.

The royal, 39, admitted to taking cocaine, cannabis, and psychedelic mushrooms in his 2023 bestseller, but lawyers representing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) argued he may have bluffed the tidbit to make his book extra addicting to royal fans.

“The book isn’t sworn testimony or proof,” John Bardo told the DC court, according to The Telegraph . “Saying something in a book doesn’t necessarily make it true.”

Biden Administration lawyers are arguing about Harry’s memoir before a court as the Heritage Foundation sued the Department of Homeland Security after failing to obtain the prince’s visa application.

DHS lawyers argue that releasing the paperwork, which would have asked Harry if he had prior drug use, would be “an unwarranted invasion of Prince Harry’s privacy.”

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“The records are particularly sensitive because releasing them, even in part, would reveal Prince Harry’s status in the United States, which Prince Harry has not disclosed,” the lawyers argued, according to The Telegraph. “Courts consistently hold that a person’s visa or immigration status is private, personal information exempt from disclosure.”

However, Nile Gardiner, the director of the Heritage Foundation, believes Harry’s application privacy is “preposterous” because it “really matters to Americans.”

“This case raises many issues as two whether or not people are given any special treatment in coming to the United States and whether or not the rule of law is applied equally,” he said, according to The Telegraph.

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“The issue of migration in the United States has become the number one issue in the presidential election,” he continued. “The American people expect their leader to enforce immigration law strictly and this should apply to anyone entering the US including royals like Prince Harry.”

The Duke of Sussex has been accused of lying on his visa application about his drug usage. Admitting to using illegal substances could have had adverse effects on his application.

Gardiner argued that Harry has “never denied anything in his own book” and that there are only three ways he could have entered the US, from lying on his visa to using a diplomat’s one.

Bardo said it was “certainly possibly” the prince entered under a diplomat’s visa.

“He’s still a member of the British royal family and has the title Duke of Sussex… he’s still a government official in the UK by his birth and title,” he told the court.

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However, the Heritage Foundation dismissed this, saying the “whole world knows he’s not a working royal” and it would be “absurd” for him to have entered using a diplomat’s visa.

Earlier this week, reports suggested the prince may be looking to jump back into his working royal life after growing “very bored.”

The royal also admitted he had thought about becoming a US citizen, but he may have to give up his title to do so.

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Oldest Royal Family Member (Who Led Hidden Double Life!) Turns 91 and Makes Rare Statement

Katharine, the Duchess of Kent, spoke out for a cause close to heart

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Katharine, the Duchess of Kent, is ringing in her royal birthday — as the oldest member of the British royal family.

The Duchess of Kent (née Worsley) turned 91 on Thursday and released a rare statement on the special occasion. Katharine is married to Queen Elizabeth ’s cousin Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent , and expressed her excitement about the launch of a new scholarship program between her charity Future Talent and the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain.

“I am truly delighted to witness the union of Future Talent and the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain in this important endeavor. This partnership embodies the spirit of inclusivity and accessibility, with a shared commitment to nurturing the musical talents of the future,” the Duchess of Kent said in a statement .

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It's a cause close to heart for Katharine, who taught kindergarten in London before marrying into the royal family (just like Princess Diana ) and went on to study music at Oxford. She met Prince Edward in 1956 and they wed in 1961. The couple went on to welcome three children — George, Earl of St. Andrews, Lady Helen Windsor and Lord Nicholas Windsor — who are not working royals. Prince Edward traveled around the world for his service in the British Army and retired in 1976 to focus on royal duties.

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The couple was often spotted in the stands at Wimbledon, as Prince Edward, now 88, served as president of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club for 52 years. He and his wife have since passed the trophy-distributing duties to Kate Middleton as patron, and the Princess of Wales has watched the tennis tournament with the Duke and Duchess of Kent from the Royal Box before.

The Duchess of Kent experienced tragedy with a pregnancy loss and a stillbirth, and she withdrew from royal duties in 1996, Royal Central reported. She then spent a decade teaching music at a primary school in Hull, which opened her eyes to how many talented children and young people needed greater financial support to achieve their musical potential, per her royal bio.

Her position as a teacher flew largely under the radar, as Katharine explained she was only known as Mrs. Kent.

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“Only the head knew who I was. The parents didn’t know and the pupils didn’t know. No one ever noticed. There was no publicity about it at all — it just seemed to work,” she told BBC Radio 3 in 2005, The Times reported.

Katharine reportedly wrote to Queen Elizabeth requesting she rescind her HRH title in 2002 and launched Future Talent two years later. She is still referred to as the Duchess of Kent in the Court Circular, the official record of previous royal engagements, but keeps a low profile.

She did not join her husband the Duke of Kent at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth in September 2022, the coronation of King Charles in May 2023 or the first Trooping the Colour of King Charles’ reign last summer. Some of Katharine’s most recent royal appearances include the May 2018 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle , as well as the RAF centenary flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace that summer. 

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News of the scholarship was announced on Katharine’s birthday and outlined that the new award will be available to young singers from low-income backgrounds to participate in the National Children’s Choir during Easter and summer school residentials. The young artists will also have access to mentoring, workshops, master classes and financial support, plus performance opportunities, through the program.

“This announcement is in tribute to The Duchess of Kent, the co-founder of Future Talent and a Patron of NCCGB. The Duchess has dedicated much of her life to the arts and this partnership will continue her vision of providing equal opportunities for young talent to flourish,” Future Talent said in a statement about the timing.

The Duchess of Kent co-founded Future Talent with Nicholas Robinson in 2004 to give every child an equal opportunity to succeed in music. According to her royal bio , the organization brings music into the classroom through partnerships with primary schools, from equipping kids with instruments and encouragement to “providing master tuition to enable them to make music their future” in exceptional cases.

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First refuelling for Russia’s Akademik Lomonosov floating NPP

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The FNPP includes two KLT-40S reactor units. In such reactors, nuclear fuel is not replaced in the same way as in standard NPPs – partial replacement of fuel once every 12-18 months. Instead, once every few years the entire reactor core is replaced with and a full load of fresh fuel.

The KLT-40S reactor cores have a number of advantages compared with standard NPPs. For the first time, a cassette core was used, which made it possible to increase the fuel cycle to 3-3.5 years before refuelling, and also reduce by one and a half times the fuel component in the cost of the electricity produced. The operating experience of the FNPP provided the basis for the design of the new series of nuclear icebreaker reactors (series 22220). Currently, three such icebreakers have been launched.

The Akademik Lomonosov was connected to the power grid in December 2019, and put into commercial operation in May 2020.

Electricity generation from the FNPP at the end of 2023 amounted to 194 GWh. The population of Pevek is just over 4,000 people. However, the plant can potentially provide electricity to a city with a population of up to 100,000. The FNPP solved two problems. Firstly, it replaced the retiring capacities of the Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant, which has been operating since 1974, as well as the Chaunskaya Thermal Power Plant, which is more than 70 years old. It also supplies power to the main mining enterprises located in western Chukotka. In September, a 490 km 110 kilovolt power transmission line was put into operation connecting Pevek and Bilibino.

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2023/24 Nedbank Cup: Fixtures, venues, results and how to watch

T he Nedbank Cup Round of 32 kicked off on Tuesday, February 20th, with Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United advancing to the next round.

More exciting matchups lie ahead as Premier Soccer League giants aim to avoid upsets against smaller teams that could derail their season. 

The ultimate winner will represent South Africa in the 2024/25 Caf Confederation Cup. 

GOAL offers comprehensive coverage to guide you through this annual competition until the final match.

WHO ARE THE DEFENDING CHAMPIONS

Orlando Pirates are the Nedbank Cup defending champions, they beat Sekhukhune United 2-1 in the 2023final to win their ninth trophy.

Sibusiso Vilakazi was on target for Babina Noko but Tapelo Xoki and the then Pirates attacker Terrence Dzvukamanja responded for Bucs.

WHO ARE IN THE 2024 ROUND OF 32?

The following teams will be battling for a place in the Round of 16.

NB La Masia, Mamelodi Sundowns, SuperSport United, Cape Town City, Cape Town Spurs, Highlands Park, University of Pretoria, Sekhukhune United, Pretoria Callies, Golden Arrows, Royal AM, AmaZulu, TS Galaxy, Stellenbosch, Ravens FC, Moroka Swallows, JDR Stars, Hungry Lions, Platinum City, Spain FC, Crystal Lake, Polokwane City, Orlando Pirates, Richards Bay, Milford FC, NC Pros, Paarl United, D'General, Madridistas FC, Maritzburg United, Chippa United and Kaizer Chiefs.

ROUND OF 32 FIXTURES, VENUES AND DATES

Saturday, February 24

JDR Stars vs Hungry Lions, Soshanguve Giant Stadium (15.00hrs SAT)

Platinum City Rovers vs Moroka Swallows, Isak Steyl Stadium (15.00hrs SAT)

Ravens vs Spain Princess, Magogo Stadium (15.00hrs SAT)

Crystal Lake vs Orlando Pirates, Mbombela (15.00hrs SAT)

Richards Bay vs Polokwane City King, Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium (18.00hrs

Sunday, February 25

D’General vs Madridtas, Free State Stadium (15.00hrs SAT)

Maritzburg United vs Paarl United, Princess Magogo Stadium (15.00hrs SAT)

NC Pro’s vs Chippa United, Mxolisi Dicky Jacobs Stadium (15.00hrs SAT)

Kaizer Chiefs vs Milford FC, FNB Stadium (18.00hrs SAT)

ROUND OF 32 RESULTS

Tuesday, February 20

NB La Masia 1-6 Mamelodi Sundowns, Dobsonville Stadium 

SuperSport United 1-1 Cape Town City, Lucas Moripe Stadium (SuperSport won 3-1 on penalties)

Wednesday, February 21

Highlands Park 1-1 Sekhukhune United (4-5 pens), Dobsonville Stadium

University of Pretoria 1-0 Cape Town Spurs, Tuks Stadium

Thursday, February 22

AmaZulu 1-0 Royal AM

Friday, February 24

Golden Arrows 1-2 TS Galaxy

Stellenbosch 1-1 (4-3 pens) Pretoria Callies

HOW TO WATCH

SuperSport TV and SABC Sport will show the games unless there are late changes by the organisers and broadcasters.

STATS AND FACTS

The tournament was started in 1971 as the Life Challenge Cup.

Nedbank took over the competition in 2008 and Mamelodi Sundowns beat Mpumalanga Black Aces 1-0 to win the inaugural Nedbank Cup.

Kaizer Chiefs (13), Orlando Pirates (9) and Mamelodi Sundowns (6) have won the competition the most times.

The winners receive prize money of R7 million and qualify for next season's Caf Confederation Cup.

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