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The Diana Chronicles [Hardcover]

Tina Brown
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21 Jun 2007
Ten years after her death, Princess Diana remains a mystery. Was she "the people's princess," who electrified the world with her beauty and humanitarian missions? Or was she a manipulative, media-savvy neurotic who nearly brought down the monarchy? Tina Brown knew Diana personally, knows her world, understands its players, and has far-reaching insight into the royals and the Queen herself. In "The Diana Chronicles", you will meet a formidable female cast and get to know the society they inhabit...as you never have before. Diana's sexually charged mother, her subtly scheming grandmother, the stepmother she hated but eventually came to understand, and a terrifying trio of in-laws and relations: Fergie, the force of nature whose life was full of its own unacknowledged pathos; Princess Margaret, the fading glamour girl; the implacable Queen Mother and more formidable than all of them, her mother-in-law, the Queen, whose admiration Diana sought till the day she died. Add Camilla Parker-Bowles, the ultimate "other woman" into this combustible mix, and it's no wonder that Diana felt the need to break out of her royal cage into celebrity culture, where she found her own power and used it to devastating effect.


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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Century; First Edition edition (21 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846052866
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846052866
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 609,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Intensely well researched and an un putdown able read...It is a
tragi-comedy, a soap opera, a social commentary a historical document and a
psychological examination, written by a superb investigative journalist."
-- Helen Mirren

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A commemorative edition, containing new material on Prince William's marriage to Kate Middleton, to mark the 50th anniversary of Diana's birth. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This is a well written and compulsively readable book, which captures the essence of Diana better than any other biography I've read - and I've read many. Most books about Diana seem fall into one of two camps: either they are overly gushing and sympathetic (eg Andrew Morton, Paul Burrell) or they are critical in the extreme (eg Lady Colin Campbell, Patrick Jephson). Tina Brown is neither. She calls Diana out on her untruths (it's highly unlikely that Diana deliberately threw herself down the stairs) but also points out where her paranoia was justified (yes, the Squidgeygate tapes were deliberately released).

There's not a lot of new material here (what was there left to find out?), but it's a very comprehensive look at Diana's life that pulls together all the various things that are known about her in such a way that you feel that you are viewing the truest and most complete picture yet. It also gave me a strong sense of what life behind the Palace walls is actually like and why Diana felt so isolated and uncomfortable there.

Tina Brown is particularly good at getting inside Charles and Diana's heads: explaining Charles's misgivings at the time of the engagement or Diana's thoughts when she agreed to the divorce. At one point she refers to Diana being a tactician rather than a strategist (always going for the short term win rather than thinking of the long game), which I thought was a very astute observation. She discusses the Charles/Diana/Camilla triangle at great length, and ultimately concludes that quite possibly the marriage could have worked had Camilla not been ever-present (Camilla doesn't come across very well at all).

This is a long book which starts a little slowly, but from the time that Diana meets Charles it races along. It's amusing, it's insightful and it leaves you wistful for what could have been.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Diana Chronicles 17 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thought I was being a bit superficial in ordering this book but thought it worth a try after an excellent review in the Sunday Times. I found it riveting!
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this is not just a good book but a great and intelligent read.i did not think it was possible or necessary to write another diana book but this one goes into social and political discussions and appears not to be full of specialation. i found the book gripping, rather like a historical novel which at some point it might well be.but in the hands of such and intelligetn journalist writer its great.. Ms Brown deals with the very disturbed childhood,the role of women in the upper classes, and maes the Diana story comassionate and believable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't feel like a bio 28 May 2013
By DL
Format:Paperback
Love biographies on dynasties and the aristocracy in particular but always avoided anything on the 'younger royals'. Particularly Diana. This book, a gift, was fantastic. Very entertaining and I feel it's very fair to all sides rather than be in one camp or the other however I can't see that Diana fans will like it very much as it is critical of her in some respects. It's a lighter read than a traditional biography but that just makes it even more of a page turner. Love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it... 31 Aug 2011
By Soph
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After reading hit and miss reviews on this book I decided to decide for myself! I am now near enough half way through The Diana Chronicles and it was a taugh start. Tina starts the book with the crash in Paris which gets me interested and into the book then she goes off on her times as an editor and blah blah blah. At page 22 things pick up when we learn about Diana's mother... For me the book gets going with the Chapter 4- The Sloane Ranger. From then it's go go go! We learn about 'that night' on the royal train and other interesting facts about the WHOLE royal family that I'd never learnt of! Get the book people... It's a long and very interesting read!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Viewpoint Expressed ! 30 April 2010
By Diana
Format:Paperback
Factually nothing that other books have not covered but here illustrated in keeping with the style expected from a Magazine Editor; so gossipy, some might say salacious in part which will therefore prove appealing to those who favour an easy listening type of read as opposed to a more serious one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the diana chronicles 25 Oct 2009
By lmb
Format:Paperback
I literally could not put this book down.trashy and a bit gossipy but a great read.

Probably not one for true diana fans as in places it portrays her probably very accurately (manipulative media slave)
but a welcome relief for those who are tiring of the fuss surrounding her.definitely recommend if you want an easy entertaining read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insight into Diana's Life 11 Jun 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Very informative. Things are revealed here which didn't make the papers, and which the public were totally unaware of, and it give a much clearer and more informative picture into her life and the environment she lived in. If you really want to know the background story read this book.
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