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Diana, Princess of Wales
Diana, Princess of Wales
by Meredith Etherington-Smith
Edition: Hardcover

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet Memories, 18 Jan 2006
For Diana lovers, this tome is an essential staple for your library. For others, it is a wonderful book just to peruse and capture, for a moment, the joy of a beautiful young woman gaining a new lease on life. I just received this book today, and although I own 400+ Diana books, I have never had one to actually move me to tears, as this book did. Diana looks so beautiful, vibrant, energetic, and on the cusp of an independent, happy life, as the photos in this book show. You can almost spontaneously pick up on her contentment and joy by looking at these pictures. Yet there is a bittersweet feeling that follows, knowing this zest and fire were shortly quenched after these photos were taken. The book left me with a forlorn, lost, and left-behind feeling of losing something that can never be replaced. Still, I highly recommend it.


The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor
The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor
by Penny Junor
Edition: Hardcover

28 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Really New, 4 July 2005
Alas, another book from Junor trying to promote a white-washed image of Charles and Camilla. There is nothing really new in this book, just the same old story, second verse, could get better, but it only gets worse. Junor, ironically, is the first author to do a biography of Princess Diana in 1982; however, through the years, especially after Diana's death, she has increasingly put her feet in Charles' camp. In this book, she tries to justify Charles' infidelities with Camilla by saying that at least he had only 1 lover, as compared to the numerous lovers Diana had; so the failure of the marriage is more Diana's fault. Apparently Junor has never comprehended that one big leak can sink a ship a lot more quickly than a few small ones. Diphiles, read this book if you need a good emetic to spew.


Dicing with Di
Dicing with Di
by Glenn Harvey
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ambivalent Feelings, 25 Jun 2005
This review is from: Dicing with Di (Hardcover)
This is one of those difficult books I encounter very rarely, one about which I have mixed feelings. When Saunders and Harvey's book came out in 1996, I mostly loathed it, considering how they treated the royals, most of all Diana. These men were ruthless, and the terms they use to describe their papparazzi job are almost sadistic; well, they are, on second thought. This pair coined the terms and phrases, "loon," "hosed her down," "whacked her," etc. to describe photographing Diana. They certainly harboured no respect for her privacy or feelings. Now that Diana is dead, I think this is a somewhat important book because it is the only one that offers a very realistic account of just how the papparazzi work and the lengths to which they will go to get a photograph. One must realise that what these 2 men were doing is just a small sample of the many, many photographers who chased Diana. After reading this book, I am surprised that she did not die earlier from a papparazzi-related accident. I seriously doubt this book would have been published after Diana's death. In fact, in 1999, these 2 rogues had created another book, "Diana in Focus," which was supposed to present the "creme de la creme" of their Diana-chasing adventures; however, there was no publisher willing to print it. Other than the realistic portrayal of the inner-workings of the papparazzi, the only other redeeming quality is that these 2 Brits do have a wicked wit at times and do not care to poke fun at themselves in the book. A fascinating read, especially after Diana's death.


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