March 06, 1978 12:00 PM

by James Brough

Last year word got out that biographer Brough would suggest in this book that Princess Margaret was behaving irresponsibly because she had inherited an agonizing disease, porphyria, from King George III. Brough does, dwelling on the symptoms of deterioration, both physical and mental, but without totally documenting his case. Brough asks, “What were the special circumstances…that turned a jubilant childhood into soured middle age?” His answer: not the alleged disease, but public expectations. The book also cites all Margaret’s recorded quotes, ailments, furniture, et al. No reader could want more information; few will be able to stand this much. (Putnam, $9.95)

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