Wendy Holden – The Governess






Wendy Holden was a journalist for fourteen years and worked for The Telegraph, The Mail, Harpers & Queen and was the Deputy Editor for the Style section of the Sunday Times amongst others.  Now an author of ten bestselling novels, Wendy Holden’s latest book is called The Governess and was published by @welbeckpublish on the 10th June 2021.  


The Governess can be purchased from all good bookstores and sellers and an audible version (see link https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Governess-Audiobook/B08FJ8NFHD) can also be downloaded. The brilliant Freya Mavor, star of Skins, narrates The Governess for Audible.


Synposis, copied from Wendy Holden’s website, full link here http://wendyholden.net/the_governess.php

So what’s The Governess all about? Here’s the story. In 1933, a progressive young teacher, Marion Crawford, becomes governess to little Princess Elizabeth and her sister Margaret. Inside the castles and palaces she finds a family frozen in time. Determined to give her pupils a fun and normal childhood, she takes the princesses on tubes and buses, swimming at public baths and Christmas shopping at Woolworth’s.

During her seventeen years at the heart of the royal family, ‘Crawfie’ occupies a ringside seat at some of the most seismic events of the twentieth century. The drama of the Abdication, the glamour of the Coronation, the trauma of World War Two. When Elizabeth first sets eyes on Philip, Crawfie is there.

But such devotion demands sacrifice, a personal life put on permanent hold. And Crawfie’s dedication counts for nothing once she publishes The Little Princesses, a loving, harmless account of life as a royal governess. It earns Marion the Windsors’ lasting fury…

Her story, glamorous, dramatic and tragic by turns, shines a captivating light into the world’s most famous family as never before or since. It is also the story of the building of a Queen.



‘A beautifully woven and exquisitely detailed story of strong upstairs/downstairs women whose lives entwine during some of the most significant periods of modern British history… I am in awe of Wendy Holden.’ HEATHER MORRIS, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

‘Beautifully researched and captivating… Wendy’s Holden’s tender and intimate portrait of ‘Lilibet’, the future Queen Elizabeth II, is masterly.’ RACHEL HORE, author of Last Letter Home

‘Compelling characters and a wonderful blend of historical accuracy and real narrative drive… a heartbreaking study of loyalty and love.’ SALLY MORRISDaily Mail


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