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A cool glittering read,
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This review is from: The Diana Chronicles (Hardcover)
Unlike those who seem to have hastily dashed off a line of abuse without much evidence of having read the book, I have indeed read it.
I have read no other royal biographies, and I read this one because I'm interested in the subject and because Tina Brown was one of the foremost editors of her day so whatever she has to say will at least be interesting.
As others have noted, there are no new revelations, no previously untapped sources. What Tina Brown does is to impose her cool, critical intelligence on Diana, her life, and particularly her relationship with the media. Aged 25, Brown was editor of Tatler, the Sloane's house journal and the early parts of the book which deal with Diana's time between leaving home and marrying Charles are insightful for that understanding. They helped me understand how this tabula rasa, this completely unformed individual reacted inside the Firm.
If anyone or anything comes off badly, it is the institution of the monarchy, not merely a political anachronism but a world into which no modern girl could enter without self-immolation.