A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story - Edited by Andrei Maylunas & Sergei MironenkoLondon: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1996, Paperback.
Condition: Very Good. Lightly rubbed at the tips of the wraps, rubbed at the head of the spine. Text bright and tight.
Book club, Softback Preview, edition. Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “Our story goes like this: once upon a time, there lived a charming and kind young prince, the heir to a large and rich kingdom, covering one sixth of the world. He fell in love with a beautiful faraway princess. He married her and became king. They loved each other passionately and had five children. One would expect them to live happily ever after. But they could not escape their fate. They were doomed, their bloodline was cursed. The fairy tale turned into tragedy. This is the story of a family, a very special family and a very special story. The last Romanovs to rule Russia are among the best documented people in history. Their lives coincided with the beginnings of the age of mass media, and being the rulers of one sixth of the world, they were of course the focus of attention for the then young media. Tabloids, postcards, illustrated magazines, countless books (every one of their contemporaries who knew them — or not — seems to have published a book), early cinema (we sat through thirty hours of live footage of the family, most official and formal, but some private and moving). As for themselves - for people who lived a hundred years ago, they were surprisingly modern. Being an international couple, they spoke and wrote English to each other, they played tennis and took photos (theirs is among the first do-it-yourself snap-shot photography). Every member of the family, children included, had a camera and being rich — photography was then a very expensive hobby — they left us about 150,000 photographs of themselves, not counting all the pictures taken of them by others.”