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Sensational, Authoritative, Fascinating, Good read.
on 4 July 2000
First, not so much MY review, but what the rest of the world is already saying about the book: 'Sensational' ...'authoritative' ... 'definitive' ... 'the most sensational royal book of the year' (Mail on Sunday - Britain). 'Book Shock in England' (Paris Match - France). 'Explosive' ... 'Sensational' ... 'bombshell revelations' (New Idea - Australia).
The book tells the story of the last few years of Diana's life. Using first hand testimony from many of Diana's close friends and confidantes, including some who have never spoken before, it allows us to get to know Diana as a real person. Those who have read it say they have completely re-assessed their opinion of her - and they mean for the better. Diana comes out of the book really well; a three-dimensional person facing unique and awful challenges, but who somehow survives. By the end of the book you begin to understand how she moved from being a meek bulimic (my words) to a strong woman who was able to change the policy of powerful governments (the Land Mines campaign). A large part of the reason was the strength she gained from her two-year relationship with a Pakistani heart surgeon, Dr Hasnat Khan. This is a story that has never been told in any kind of detail before. According to one of Diana's confidantes, the Indian cricketer - turned politician Imran Khan, Diana told him she was very much in love with Hasnat - 'He was the Man!'. The book then reveals for the first time the truth behind the famous 'Kiss' pictures, which were splashed over the front pages of the world's newspapers only weeks before her death. The pictures had led the world to believe that she was in love with Dodi Fayed, the man who died with her in the tragic Paris crash. However, this new book reveals that the photographs were actually orchestrated by Diana herself! It provides evidence that there can only have been one reason; she was trying to make Hasnat Khan jealous, as the doctor - after much soul searching and advice from others concerning the differences in cultures - had broken off their relationship only days before the photos were taken.
This book is written in a style which makes it easy to read and digest - partly because the contents are so fascinating. In my view it would make a good book to take on holiday, and will probably prove particularly popular amongst women readers.