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Claudia Joseph
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24 Nov 2010

With her glossy dark hair, classic looks, natural appearance and cut-glass accent, Kate Middleton displays all the poise and breeding expected from the wife-to-be of the heir to the throne. Sophisticated beyond her years, Kate has charmed William's louche circle of friends as well as the House of Windsor. Yet behind her polished veneer lies the extraordinary tale of an impoverished working-class family that overcame deprivation and adversity to rise to the upper echelons of society.

Claudia Joseph has spoken to members of Kate's family and friends, who have provided an intriguing insight into the extraordinary journey her family has made from the mining villages of Durham to the gates of Buckingham Palace.

Drawing on exclusive interviews and containing previously unpublished photographs, this is the authoritative account of Kate Middleton's life so far.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (24 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845965779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845965778
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 468,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Claudia Joseph was a pupil at Cheltenham Ladies' College and trained as a fashion journalist at the London College of Fashion before becoming a news reporter. She has worked at Tatler, The Times and the Mail on Sunday, and regularly contributes to a number of national newspapers and magazines. She lives in London.

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"Extremely well written . . . a fascinating story well told" (Union Jack)

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The revealing, definitive biography of Britain's newest princess

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously?! 3 April 2011
By Chelsea
First of all, I want to say that this wasn't for me; it was a present for my mam on Mother's Day which my sister and I, bought for her. My mam had been so thrilled with this book as she had wanted it for a long time, well, ever since it came out, however when she started reading it she discovered that the contents were identical to the previous, CHEAPER book, Kate: The Making of a Princess, with the exception of the last chapter. What the hell? I really don't see the point of re-releasing, virtually, the same book, when it has nothing different about it! They were both in hardback too!

Other than that, my mam seemed quite happy with the actual book, so if you insist on buying the more expensive version, then sure, this is good too. However, I suggest that you save money and confusion by buying Kate: the Making of a Princess. :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars We Gonna Make You A Star 13 Sep 2012
I picked up this book in a charity shop for around 1 and it is in great condition. It was a promotional copy released by the Sunday Express, a British newspaper that is very pro monarchy.

The backcover states that this book is the "definitive biography of Britain's newest princess". But the book is just too short to back up this claim.

Much of the early chapters follow the accounts of Kate's ancestors from the early 19th century, just as Queen Victoria came to the throne, and up to recent times. This is interesting and well-written. The problem is that that there so many names (with at least five families) that it is sometimes a little hard to follow, though there is a family tree in the appendix.

This would be a good book for people learning English (like foreign students) who also want a brief introduction into recent British culture.

However, this is not a great in-depth anaysis of Kate Middleton as is Diana's Nightmare - The Family of Princess Diana. At just over 265 pages all we get is an introduction into Kate Middleton's family, how she met Prince William and the fact (spoiler ahead) that they married.

There will, I hope, be better books about Kate in the future. Let's hope they give us jucier details than this book. I can't wait to see the biography about Prince Harry: Viva Las Vegas! Royals and their sex lives: Why else do we have them unless we read about what they REALLY get up to?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars book 5 Jan 2012
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This book has a good story to it. Perfect for a cosy night in and keeps you interested right to the end, would highly recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Cousin. 13 July 2013
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This is a great book about my family , as Kate Middleton is my cousin believe or not , and yes I've met Claudia Joseph , a few things do need changing in about my family , but on the whole a very enjoyable read .
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than that Robert Jobson's book 3 May 2009
By Katherine Leftwich - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is definitely better than Robert Jobson's book (William's Princess), while he's book was half gossip as well as half Charles and Camilea; this book has been well researched and focuses on the subject...Kate Middleton.

Although, I admit the author has written a biography of Kate Middleton a bit too early (due to the fact she is not engaged to Prince William). The author focused on Ms. Middleton's ancestors (starting in the Victorian Era)in the first half of her book, and then gradually goes into the life that Ms. Middleton has led so far.

There are a few good pictures within the book, and it was interesting to find out that both Prince William and Kate Middleton share a common ancestor, a General Fairfax whom was in the English Civil War.

The only thing that I have against this book is that the author's writing style can be a little dry at times, over all a very good book!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good 19 Sep 2010
By sfcool - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought it was very informative about Kate and Williams relationship and I am glad I bought it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Enjoyable 9 April 2011
By A Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I read the book when it first came out and found it most enjoyable. There is a very detailed history of Kate's ancestors. Some worked in the coal mines. I was shocked to read how difficult and bleak were the lives of the coal miners and their families. They even had to bring their own equipment to work six days a week and work very long hours without any sick days or vacations. It also gave enormous information about Kate and William's meeting and courtship during and after college, even up until the time they were engaged. Also enjoyed reading about their various getaways, vacations and hunting trips.

Kate is a lovely intelligent, sophisticated, elegant lady who is perfectly suited for William and who will be a beautiful Queen one day.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Child's Review 2 July 2011
By jeanne123 - Published on Amazon.com
As a ten year old, I always dreamed of walking down the aisle with a flowing gown and lace veil, waiting for my fairy tale kiss from the handsome prince. I have always token a deep interest in the kind and beautiful Diana, and when a New princess was thrust into the spotlight, the never ending TV talks, gossip and magazines would never let me rest about the `future queen' of England. So, in my local library, I found the perfect book about charming Catherine Middleton and bought it right away. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I wouldn't call it `exciting' and my mother thought it must be boring, but I did like it very much. My mother says it's not every day an American child of my age will read this book while eating and brushing my teeth, so I'm not sure how many folks out there will like it as much as I did. Here is a list of the Pros and Cons and about this book:

1. Most of her ancestors were named John, but they don't list which generation of John. Example, John died and then John got married etc.
2. It is not attended to be a child's book for some material, mostly about Kate and William's outings to the bar and their `partying.'
3. As an animal lover, I braced myself when reading about the hunting parties the couple attended.
4. Her story starts from the very beginning, and when I mean that I don't mean her birth, but her great-great-great- (great?) grandparent's birth.
1. It was very informative and was actually quite gripping, but not in a thrilling way.
2. It was a very enjoyable read overall.

I know there are more Cons then Pros, but this book is DEFINITLEY worth reading! I highly recommend this to any Kate (or someone who is interested in the Royals) lover. Happy reading!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting history 25 Feb 2012
By Candice - Published on Amazon.com
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The first part of the book was Kate Middleton's ancestry, and though it was sometimes hard to keep all the names straight, it gave an interesting overview of English history from the point of view of ordinary people (coal mines, diseases, world wars, etc).

The second half was mostly Kate's life, and the last bit more about Kate's social life. I was surprised at how often it would mention Kate and William doing exactly the same thing (e.g. William's hanging out with his friends, Kate's hanging out with hers), but William's excursion would be framed as cutting loose and having a good time, while Kate's was framed as consoling herself by hanging out with her friends or positioning herself so that William would know she could have fun without him or whatever. That brought the book down to 2.5 stars for me. It just seemed so...unnecessary.
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