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Diana: The Life of a Troubled Princess Paperback – 25 May 2007


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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (25 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845132521
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845132521
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'If you are going to read one Diana book, this should be it' Newsweek"

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By SusieQ on 24 Mar. 2008
The other is: Sarah Bradford's biography of Diana. (I also liked Ken Wharfe's memoir very much.)

Ms. Bedell-Smith digs deep and sometimes unsympathetically into the life of Diana, Princess of Wales. However, I think for the most part she is objective about Diana, not objectionable -- in other words, she tells Diana's story as it was, not as we might WISH it was. Diana had her bad points. She was self-absorbed at times; manipulative; involved her boys a little too much into her personal problems; impulsive. In some ways she hurt the Royal family, yet she also breathed new life into the old institution.

Ms. Bedell-Smith is also right on target about Diana's relationship with Dodi Fayed. It was a terrible step backward for her, and quite simply, her actions all during the month of August 1997 (with hindsight) clearly point to her confusion and unhappiness, instead of joy and confidence.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Bratby on 14 April 2010
Of all the biographies of Diana this does rank in the top 5, as the author has dug out some fascinating nuggets in the press coverage of Diana. It's easy now to forget now just how exhaustive that coverage was in the 80s. She also throws up some very interesting analysis of Diana's life and about her work which is too often ignored or undervalued. However, as another review has pointed out, it's a little too generous to Prince Charles and the rest of the Royal family. If Diana really was such an unbalanced hysterical mentally ill woman, one wonders what changed her from the quiet good humoured kindergarten teacher who showed no signs of any problems when undertaking a period of responsibility with children.

This really is worth reading as it's very well written, better than most Diana books and a lot of material that you won't find elsewhere. But be a bit sceptical of the borderline personality disorder thing. For my own part, Diana always seemed completely compos mentis to me, and with the amount of attention that would have cracked most humans up, I think she held up pretty well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hamptoncherry on 23 July 2009
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This is the best book about princess Diana available today - and I have read a lot of them. It is very balanced, well written and believable. It doesn't take sides but offers deep and engaging review of facts and events. Sally Bedell-Smith is brilliant. As Newsweek put it:"If you are going to read one Diana book, this should be it" and I totally agree.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By popcorn on 17 Aug. 2011
This is one of four or five Diana books I have read. I found this a great read from start to finish. All of the events tallied up with other books I had read from different people covering different times of her life. This was the most informed book covering the whole life. The detail and research that has gone in to it is unbelievable. And I second the review I read on amazon when deciding to buy this book 'that if you buy one diana book make sure this is the one.'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 8 Mar. 2014
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A writer not afraid to write about what this woman was REALLY like, pity more devotees don't read it instead of keeping going with their idealised "Princess".
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