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Diana: Her True Story [Hardcover]

Andrew Morton
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22 Jun 1992
An updated version of the Princess of Wales' biography, with a new chapter covering recent events and 25 additional colour photographs which have never previously been published.
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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 (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 715,648 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wets the appetite 5 Jan 2013
By Charles
This is indeed a historic book cleverly enough written because it made me want to know even more about the beloved Diana. However, I did think it contained only her side of the story and found more in other biographies of her. Diana's Nightmare (by Chris Hutchins and Peter Thompson) was easily the best of the bunch
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5.0 out of 5 stars extremely moving 9 July 2014
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Awesome book and insight into a beautiful human being. Someone who will never be forgotten and should they be. Worth reading by everyone
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 15 Jun 2014
By andrea
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Really liked this book .good inside into diana
Would have liked some pics
Still sad to read after all these years .
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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 2 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 2 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 5 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 6 months ago by pauline
4.0 out of 5 stars A tragic story
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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by vivienne ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars So very touching
Touching and tragic tale very much enjoyed - that said some more meat on the bones would have made it better very brief in places
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad sad sad
I read the original book and was glad to see it has been updated. I still feel the sadness now as I did the first time I read it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. P. Littler
5.0 out of 5 stars History
Could not put this book down. My first biography and what a tale - hard to believe the monarchy could behave in this way.
Published 6 months ago by anne
4.0 out of 5 stars good - even though you think you know the story
there's stuff you knew and some bits that are surprising. worth the read after 13 years since her untimely death.
Published 7 months ago by Vanessa Batup
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good read
It jumped about too much I did not find it a good read at all and deleted it from my kindle before the end
Published 8 months ago by Scarlet Lady
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