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Beware anyone who tells you they have the whole story

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Most of us are lucky enough to go through life without attracting the attentions of a biographer.

For an unfortunate few, they attract swarms of biographers, all eager to portray their subject's life, all with a point of difference sufficient to sell more copies.

Reading the wickedly good biography of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown, the biographer readily admits to the problems and shortcomings of biography.

Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret in The Crown.

He gives an example of two reports of an argument between HRH and her then husband “Tony” Snowden.

In both accounts Snowden is flicking lit matches at his regal wife. She complains that he may set fire to her dress and he retorts that he never liked that “material”.

In one account Margaret is reported as saying “Material is a word we do not use”........

© Canberra Times