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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company; First Printing edition (10 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316855081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316855082
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Telling my story in a book is the last thing I ever dreamed I'd be doing", writes Trevor Rees-Jones in the introduction to his autobiography, The Bodyguard's Story. Rees-Jones's life changed irrevocably on the night of Saturday, August 31, 1997, when the car he was travelling in crashed in a certain Alma tunnel in Paris. The car contained no ordinary passengers--Rees-Jones was the bodyguard of Dodi Fayed, companion of Diana, Princess of Wales. Dodi, Diana and driver Henri Paul were all killed, leaving Rees-Jones as the sole survivor, fighting for his life having suffered appalling injuries. His face was crushed beyond recognition and had to be extensively reconstructed under expert surgical care. Rees-Jones left hospital after a month, intending to continue with his life as far as possible and his work for his employer, Dodi's father, Mohamed Al Fayed. Yet his situation became increasingly fraught in the wake of the death of the Princess of Wales, one of the late 20th-century's most potent icons. As the grief-stricken Fayed tried desperately to find someone to blame for the death of his son, it was only a matter of time before Rees-Jones became embroiled in the web of recriminations and accusations. The Bodyguard's Story tells the story of the summer leading up to the fatal accident; as Rees-Jones, speaking openly for the first time, describes a world of extreme wealth, paparazzi-dodging and the increasingly volatile situation between the press, Dodi, Diana and their minders as the summer dragged on. Realising his life could never return to what it had been, Rees-Jones aims to set the record straight with his first-hand account. "They'd died on my shift, and I'll live with that for the rest of my life. But I look in the mirror every day and know that I did the best I could." --Kate Weaver

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"Trevor Rees Jones's straightforwardness is a virtue that looks all the more impressive in such a crooked story" -- ALLISON PEARSON in the DAILY TELEGRAPH

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Sep 2002
Format: Paperback
Excellent read.
A very sad story of events leading up to the horrific accident and the aftermath.
It tells a story of dominance, manipulation, loyalty, naievety and deceit; one persons battle to overcome horrific physical and mental injury with the overwhelming support of family and friends under continuous media spotlight.
I wish him well.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. WALKER on 30 Aug 2006
Format: Paperback
Interesting read from Trevor Rees-Jones. There is nothing new to learn from this bodyguard as he does not remember anything from the accident. It becomes clear from the book that Trevor has deep regrets about not insisting that Diana wore her seat belt.

The author seems very mixed up and seems to be struggling as the only survivor of this tragic accident.

If you are looking for answers as to WHY the accident happened you will NOT find them in this book.

Mohammed Fayed comes across as a very manipulative man and NOT a man you would want to get on the wrong side of. It is a shame that Trevor chose to work for him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chrissie on 30 Aug 2008
Format: Paperback
In parts this book reads like a work of fiction. I was astounded by the actions of Mr Al-Fayed and the lengths he went to in a bid to buy Trevor's memories (and he wanted them to be memories that supported his own claims). Trevor comes across as a principled, down to earth bloke who is able to stand his ground most of the time (apart from being persuaded to do the Mirror interview) while struggling to come to terms with all that has happened to him. Thankfully he had a loving family, friends and decent lawyers to guide him. Can't recall what point in time the book ends. Would be interested to know how Trevor has moved on since then and his reaction to the outcome of the inquest this year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Cordiner on 20 Mar 2000
Format: Hardcover
It did not take me long to read this book ! I found it riveting from the moment I picked it up. It shows the life of an ordinary man whose world is literally tipped upside down, and his steady fight back to normality. The book shows the courage of Trevor and his family in coping to deal with an event that has gone down in history. Sad event, great book !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 April 2000
Format: Hardcover
Trevor Rees - Jones was a pawn in a very serious game, contrived and controlled by Mohammed Al-Fayed, the outcome of which was tragic for all concerned. The value of this book is the insight it gives into how to counter play the overwhelmingly powerful in society. Honesty and integrity, for once has proved an effective foil to power and corruption.
The book effectively portrays Trevor as a straightforward 'bloke' trying his best to be a 'professional' in a league far above the level of capability provided by his experience. After the event, the expectation was that he would be scapegoated or worse blamed for the accident, this book is an effective defence against any accusation, he was simply powerless to influence events. A satisfying book - the little guy wins the game ! So far ?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Aug 2001
Format: Paperback
A breathtaking account of the events surrounding the accident (both before and after) which took the premature lives of three people, one being that of the most loved member of the Royal Family, Princess Diana. The story paints a truer picture than the press, of what life was really like for the Princess coming up to her sudden death. This book was a non-stop read, and shows that having as much money as Mr Al Fayed does not necessarily bring you happiness. However as this book was written by the only survivor of the terrible accident, it shows how hard it has been for Mr Rees-Jones to get back to a normal life. He deserves some better luck.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mbouskill@hotmail.com on 18 Mar 2000
Format: Hardcover
It is a long time from I have enjoyed a book so much - it has it all.
Trevor Rees-Jones and his family have come through an awful lot and this shows in every page of the book. It has a lovely ending and I am not ashamed to say that I cried.
Good luck to Trevor; I hope he finds happiness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book does not add to the deification of Diana, rather it focusses on the difficulties faced by sensible security guards employed by self absorbed fanatics. Rees-Jones has been pressured to back all manner of crazy theories, but this book reveals him as a regular Welsh bloke who just wants to get on with his life. Lets let him.
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