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  • Hardcover: 165 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd; 1st. Edition edition (22 Jun. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854791915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854791917
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 796,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diana: Her True Story was originally published in 1992 under the guise of a quasi-authorised biography with mostly unnamed courtiers and royalty as the accredited sources. It instantly became a sizzling, international bestseller that lanced the boil of Windsor family dysfunction, triggering a chain of events that led to Charles and Diana's divorce. After her tragic death in 1997, Andrew Morton revealed that Diana herself had not only been the main source for the book, but had also edited his original drafts for accuracy. In return for this gold mine of information, Diana wanted complete anonymity for fear of retaliation from the queen. Her True Story in Her Own Words is enhanced by more than 75 full-colour photographs of the princess, from her childhood in Althorp to her marriage to Charles at Westminster Abbey to her humanitarian efforts and finally to her unforgettable funeral service. However, the most poignant portrayal of the princess emerges from the unedited transcriptions of Diana's interviews with Morton: "I think I'm going to cut a very different path from everyone else. I'm going to break away from this set-up and go and help the man on the street." --Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A fascinating book full of new insights into the life and times of Diana... Deeply personal, candid and sometimes shocking (The Sunday Times)

utterly fascinating...gripping (The Daily Mail)

Compulsive reading (The Sunday Express)

A devastatingly and intensely personal account (The Independent)

The definitive account of royalty in the late twentieth century (The Sun) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By vivienne ryan on 27 Jan. 2014
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I never read this book when it was first published despite outrage in Royal circles and deep hostility towards the book's author, Andrew Morton. It was only after Diana's death in August 1997 that it was republished 'in her own words' making it clear that the book had her full co-operation. She speaks about her unhappy childhood after her parents divorced and her father's remarriage to her step-mother who she hated. After this unhappy start in life, she was then perhaps too young and naive for marriage at the age of 19 to Prince Charles. She was quite happy at that time living her life as a private individual with her friends in a flat in London and working as a kindergarten teacher. She expresses her deep misgivings about her marriage to Prince Charles even before their wedding day and was warned by her mother that the Royal Family's lifestyle may not suit her. Her subsequent deep unhappiness because of Prince Charles's love affair with Camilla Parker Bowles and indifference to her meant her marriage was doomed from the outset. Instead it became obvious to her very early on that she was cynically being used as a 'brood mare' to produce an heir and a spare. To make matters worse, she felt deep confusion at being propelled into the media spotlight without any support from the Royal Family and jealousy from her husband at being overshadowed by her popularity with the public. Her fragile emotional state led to her bulimia and suicide attempts. Despite all this she was courageous with the charities she supported, such as AIDS, the homeless and support of landmine victims. She clearly grew into her role as Princess of Wales and demonstrated that she was kind, compassionate and a deeply intuitive woman with a sense of destiny.Read more ›
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Christine Medway on 18 Aug. 2002
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Like most of these books, this text takes you through many of the (now well known) stories in Diana’s life - namely the eating disorder, the suicide attempts, the collapse of the “Royal Fairytale”, including the incessant influence of Camilla Parker-Bowles. This is perhaps a more personal account than other such texts, given that it is based on tape-recorded interviews that Diana herself gave to Morton in the early 90’s.
Despite its ample publicity, I wouldn’t rush out to buy this book – there aren’t actually many surprises in here. Most of it reiterates what we have already heard numerous times in the media. In many ways it is a sad and arguably incomplete version of her life, but does touch upon some interesting discussion points, particularly around the position of the traditional monarchy in modern society, Diana’s image both in life and in death, and what “the people” (continue to) bring to such matters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aoife on 13 Nov. 2012
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This book certainly opened my eyes about the Royal Family. Felt so sad for that poor woman. If you are interested in European Royalty this is the book for you. It's Royal Babylon gone extreme
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Hills on 17 Mar. 2014
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After all these years and the Diana mania has died down I read this book and found it fascinating. She clearly wasn't able to cope with Royal life and Prince Charles' indifference to her, but then again, she could not have been easy to live with.
Had she not have been married to a future King she could have walked away from it.
Don't wish for what you dream for, it may come true!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Weddle2010 on 24 Aug. 2011
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I loved reading the first part of the book, written/spoken by Diana but then after a few chapters it changes, as it is written by some one else and it gets very boring.

Shame as i really wanted to read all about Diana's life
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By Wonder on 17 Oct. 2014
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This book seems to have been a little forgotten about. Groundbreaking, it shows the determination and ingenuity of Diana to get it written in the first place. This was no dumb blonde. This was a woman who could have accepted her unhappy existence and put up & shut up but she chose to take back ownership of her life which was no mean feat in those days. This seems was her only way out, to cleverly expose what was going on in order to not loose her children which would have inevitably happened had she taken different action to free herself from her situation. Was she a loose cannon? Possibly, but with all of the challenges she faced throughout her short life who can blame her. She lacked the real personal love that most of us take for granted from our parents, siblings & partners. She was a pawn for most of her life so even though it was tragically short I'm glad she had a few years of freedom & happiness before her untimely death. Diana changed the face of the modern royal family with this book and all for the better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chunkhorn on 26 Oct. 2013
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The book flows along easily enough but because the first part is in Diana's words it feels like he's not telling me anything new, he also uses a lot of flowery words which made me cringe at times because it was just so cheesy! But I guess as Diana wanted him to oversee the telling of her story then I should just go with the flow.........and I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A happy customer on 9 Nov. 2013
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It only ok because its not wholly written in her words. It begins with her words for a while...then reverts to the biographer's words. The title "In her own words" belies the truth of this book. Also very repetitive thoughout...a complete let down.
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