When the cover of Marcia Moody’s new biography of Kate entered the Twittersphere, I was excited to get my hands on a copy. The black and white close up portrait of Kate was a lovely change from other books on the Duchess of Cambridge, and it immediately caught my eye. My excitement immediately turned to disappointment when I learned that Kate: A Biography by Marcia Moody would not be hitting US bookstores until October 2013.
Luckily for me, I found myself in a Waterstones bookstore on Kings Road in London shortly after the book’s UK release. I plucked the glossy, hardcover book right off the front table where it was displayed, and happily handed over my twenty quid. Which is funny, because in America I would never spend twenty quid on a book (Amazon is my best friend!) I finally cracked open the book on my flight home from England, and therefore the first few pages are stained with tears.
I read Moody’s book over two weeks, curling up with it on lazy afternoons or picking up a chapter or two before bed. The narrative was not so imaginative as to feel fictional, but not so dry as to feel scholarly. It had an easy flow to it and was an overall enjoyable read. The very best part of the book was its narrative timeline. The book follows Kate’s life from the day Carole drives to the hospital to present, rarely-if-ever (I cannot remember a time when) straying from a strictly chronological story. The book makes no major, questionable, or provocative claims, but rather tells of Kate’s life thus far.
The author, Marcia Moody, was the royal correspondent for OK! Magazine (the UK publication) for two years, during the early days of Kate’s life as a royal. She covered the royal engagement and the royal wedding in 2010-2011. During this time, Moody became very knowledgeable on younger royals including William, Harry and Catherine. Her journalistic knowledge allowed her to write this biography on Kate.