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Karen Dolby - Author

About the Author

Karen Dolby has written twelve books, but finds it hard to remember their titles. She has two teenage children for whom she has to remember eveything and a husband who finds it hard to remember what day of the week it is. She wrote this book for him.

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My Dearest, Dearest Albert Queen Victoria's Life Through Her Letters and Journals

My Dearest, Dearest Albert Queen Victoria's Life Through Her Letters and Journals

Author: Karen Dolby Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2018

Using excerpts from her letters and diaries, this book shows the very human face of Queen Victoria, from spirited young princess to caring Queen, passionate bride and loving mother to great-grandmother of a royal dynasty who gave her name to the age of improvement. Photographs of Queen Victoria most often show a plump Empress wearing widow's black; serious and regal. The posed portrait photos were stiff, formal affairs, partly because subjects needed to stay still for the exposure and partly because in Victorian England life was a serious business. In reality, the character of Alexandrina Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, and latterly in her long reign, Empress of India, is rather different. In private, at least, Victoria had a reputation for being fun-loving and entertaining. Victoria kept a daily journal from the age of thirteen, which by the time of her death ran to 122 volumes. She writes openly and in great detail, revealing herself to be emotional and honest about her own feelings and experiences, as well as her opinions of other people. She praises Albert and pours out her love and desire for her husband, her adored lover, friend and companion. This book shows the redoubtable Victoria at her most human, whether enthusing over her hobbies and interests, delighting in her children and grandchildren, commenting on the ten different Prime Ministers who served during her reign, or sharing her love for her dearest, dearest Albert.

The Wicked Wit of Princess Margaret

The Wicked Wit of Princess Margaret

Author: Karen Dolby Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/05/2018

Celebrate the rapier-like wit of the royal rebel, the late, great Princess Margaret - or 'Ducky' as she was known behind closed doors. Even as a child, Princess Margaret - younger sister of Elizabeth - was noted for her theatrical and witty demeanour. Her nanny, 'Crawfie' described her as a 'born comic' and her sister, now Queen Elizabeth II, remarked that parties were always better with Margaret in attendance as she made everyone laugh. She made John Lennon blush and Pablo Picasso was infatuated with her - and she made no secret of her intolerance for the dim-witted, the disobedient or the boring - and her one-liners are legendary: On considering that Elizabeth would one day be Queen, Margaret's response was one of sincere commiseration, 'Poor you', she told her. Attending a high-society party in New York, the hostess asked politely how was the Queen? 'Which one?' Margaret replied coolly, 'My sister, my mother, or my husband?'

The Wicked Wit of Prince Philip

The Wicked Wit of Prince Philip

Author: Karen Dolby Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2017

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, OM, GBE has been at the forefront of British public life since he married Princess Elizabeth in 1947. In the seventy years since, his wit (and the occasional 'gaffe') has continued to endear him to the nation, as he travelled the world taking his unique and charmingly British sense of humour to its far-flung corners. Hailed as a god by a tribe in Vanuatu, the Prince has had his fair share of brickbats from the media nearer home, but his outspokenness never fails to raise laughs - and eyebrows. From notorious one-liners to less newsworthy witticisms and from plain speaking to blunt indifference, the Prince does what we all wish we could do now and again - forgets polite conversation and says what he thinks. In the year in which the Prince has stepped down from his royal duties, this joyous and timely book celebrates his wry humour and supremely wicked wit.

Homework Help for Mums and Dads Help Your Child Succeed

Homework Help for Mums and Dads Help Your Child Succeed

Author: Karen Dolby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2016

A must-have for parents, here is everything you need to know to help your child with their homework. Every parent will be familiar with the cry for help that comes from their child when it's homework time. Many parents find themselves having to help a great deal with all subjects - yet with teaching methods having changed so much since their own schooling, it's often the parent who could use a helping hand. Homework Help for Mums and Dads provides parents with tips, from teachers and other parents, on how to get to grips with each subject and, most importantly, on how to pass that knowledge on to their child during primary school. From reading to literacy, science to history, this book includes shortcuts and tricks that will make subjects easier to grasp. It even includes tips on homework layout, writing practice, learning habits and on how to make some subjects more fun by thinking creatively about each task set. Accessible and light-hearted in tone, this book will make schoolwork more enjoyable for both parent and child, taking the horror out of homework.

The Wicked Wit of Queen Elizabeth II

The Wicked Wit of Queen Elizabeth II

Author: Karen Dolby Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/05/2015

A beautiful collection celebrating the Queen's humour, with amusing quotations and stories about royal life. When thinking of the Queen, our first image is one of dignity and authority. She is the very definition of majesty: the British monarch, the Supreme Governor of the Church of England and the head of the Commonwealth. But as anyone who knows her will tell you, in person she has a wicked sense of humour: * Occasionally unintentional (when meeting guitar legend Eric Clapton she enquired 'Have you been playing a long time?') * Sometimes cannily astute ('I have to be seen to be believed') * At times downright silly (nicely demonstrated when staff at Balmoral discovered the Queen jumping up and down with glee exclaiming 'I've won, I've won!' after hearing that England had beaten Australia in the cricket) . the Queen's sense of humour is like no other. Revealing a side of the Queen's personality that the public rarely see, this joyous book is a timely celebration of royal humour as Elizabeth II succeeds Victoria as Britain's longest-serving monarch.

Puzzle Adventures The Ghost in the Mirror

Puzzle Adventures The Ghost in the Mirror

Author: Karen Dolby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/2008

Each book in this series contains an adventure story, packed with entertaining puzzles to solve. There are extra clues to help you if you get stuck along the way and answers at the back of each book.

The House of Shadows

The House of Shadows

Author: Karen Dolby Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/11/2006

Part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme, this spooky story is for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Kit and Ned's new home looks perfectly normal from the outside, but inside swirling mists reveal glimpses of its shadowy past. Can the children uncover the house's chilling secret in time?

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