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Diana: Her True Story [Hardcover]

Andrew Morton
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22 Jun 1992
One of the world's best-known biographers, Andrew Morton is a leading authority on modern celebrity, and one of the finest investigative writers of our age. His ground-breaking and controversial biography, Diana: Her True Story changed the public's perception of the British monarchy and became an instant bestseller. The original book was met with torrents of abuse from the British Establishment and the media. No one at that time would believe that in fact Diana had secretly collaborated with Andrew Morton in the writing of the book, until 1997 when its re-publication in the wake of her death showed beyond any doubt that she had in fact done so. Working with Morton on the book, Diana exposed life inside the royal family and shook the Establishment to its foundations. Sadly, however, the new life Diana had hoped for was tragically cut short. Diana: Her True Story - In Her Own Words allowed her to give her own account of life as a royal. The Princess's memory lives on, as does the public and press interest in her. This world bestseller bears testimony to Diana's life, finally allowing her to have her say. It is the closest we will ever come to her autobiography.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 710,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Morton is one of the world's best-known biographers and a leading authority on modern celebrity. He has been called 'the king of celebrity biographers.'

He had written 10 books over a decade before becoming an overnight sensation with the publication of his groundbreaking 1992 biography, Diana: Her True Story which for the first time revealed the unhappy personal life of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. His worldwide bestseller, translated into 35 languages, inspired films, documentaries and commentaries about the royal family, changing forever the way the public viewed this ancient institution. As Tina Brown declared in The Diana Chronicles: 'The journalist Morton most reminds me of is Bob Woodward.' It was only after Diana's tragic death in 1997 that Morton revealed that his explosive biography was written with her complete and intimate collaboration. Not only did Diana: Her True Story become a New York Times number one bestseller but his biography won him numerous awards, including Author of the Year by the British Book Awards, Investigative Reporter of the Year by What the Papers Say and Scoop of the Year by the London Press Club.

Morton, who has since written half a dozen New York Times and Sunday Times top ten best sellers, including four debuting at number one, continued to make headlines with his portrait of Monica Lewinsky, the young woman behind the blue dress in the Clinton White House.

His biography of Madonna was been hailed as an insightful critique of modern celebrity culture while his intimate portrait of David and Victoria Beckham exposed the private lives behind the public façade. Away from celebrity culture, he has written a biography of Kenya's second President Daniel arap Moi as well as a chronicling the race to save nine miners trapped below ground in Pennsylvania for his book, Nine for Nine.

Rarely out of the headlines, Morton created a sensation with his biography of sometime actor and full-time Scientologist, Tom Cruise, the book encouraging former adherents and others to speak out and protest about the organisation founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. His latest biography on humanitarian and actress Angelina Jolie was water cooler conversation for weeks after its release in August 2010.

In November 2010, it was announced that Morton would be writing a book on the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, for publication days after the ceremony in early May 2011.

He spends his time between London, New York and Hollywood.

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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.


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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting, but familiar read. 18 Aug 2002
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating at times 25 July 2013
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It was certainly a good read and very shocking to hear about how she was treated by the royal family but I would have appreciated a more factual account highlighting her mistakes as well. It literally skimmed over her affairs and seemed to revere her as if she was a saint which I don't think paints an accurate view of her life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful 24 Sep 2013
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Starts of with a sycophantic piece by Morton and then goes into Diana's "own words" - short sentences that contradict statements made in the previous paragraph. Felt unhinged and endlessly self pitying. Virtually unreadable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting 13 Nov 2012
By Aoife
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good insight 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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The book is ok if you don't know much about Diana. However, the author seems to have a small vocabulary. In addition he keeps repeating what you already had read several times in the book.

It seems to me that the book is looking to get sympathy for Diana. Nevertheless, after you read it sympathy is the last feeling you'll have. I finished the book thinking she was a truly pathetic person who was right to feel intellectually inferior. She dropped out of high school, therefore indeed she was intellectually inferior. Not the right role model you want for your children.

She wondered how the world could "love" her but not those living with her. Well, the world only saw her smiling face in the news; those living with her saw her true self which wasn't a nice picture.

Her "connection" to the poor sounds extremely superficial for somebody who wouldn't go anywhere without her Dior handbags and who would chose an over €300k engagement ring.

I could carry on but I'd leave that to the next reader who soon will find out how superficial, unintellectual, insecure and pathetic person she was.

All the time when reading this book, I wished Diana was a fictional character, the one you love to hate in some books. Disappointedly she was real!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Enjoyed this book. Although I knew many of the facts gleaned from newspapers and media reports, this gives you an insight into just what Princess Diana was up against, finding integration into the Royal Family impossible She received no help whatsoever, and was just thrown in at the deep end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete 24 Sep 2013
By J Gozzi
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It is interesting to read all we have heard in the popular press put into its proper context, but this is more of a hagiography than a biography, and there are some glaring omissions. Whatever happened to her supposed fling with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan? It merited not a single mention. That alone throws doubt on the veracity of the rest of the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good value
Published 5 days ago by SJO
3.0 out of 5 stars When I started reading this book it was very enjoyable ...
When I started reading this book it was very enjoyable but it can't be the original because the last hour is about when she died but this book was written long before her death
Published 11 days ago by theresa reid
5.0 out of 5 stars I never thought I'd enjoy it
Downloaded on a whim and found it interesting. I often wonder how different the uk would be if she lived. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Dean
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting as I find with all books about Diana
Published 1 month ago by navylady
5.0 out of 5 stars extremely moving
Awesome book and insight into a beautiful human being. Someone who will never be forgotten and should they be. Worth reading by everyone
Published 1 month ago by At Your Service
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Really liked this book .good inside into diana
Would have liked some pics
Still sad to read after all these years .
Published 2 months ago by andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Just goes to show what happens behind closed doors! And who actually listens and fobs off cry of wolf or a cry for help?
Published 3 months ago by Mee
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it very much"
What a different approach to what we knew of Diana. Was very well written and would
Recommend it to friends.
Published 3 months ago by helen kilday
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
It was an amazing read but such a sad story. I didn't know how much she went through physically and emotionally.
Published 7 months ago by Chloe Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Diana R.I.P.
Thoroughly enjoyable book! Well worth a read .... I learned a lot about Diana from this book. Such a sad and lonely life for a lady that seemed to have people and the media... Read more
Published 7 months ago by pauline
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