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The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor by [Junor, Penny]
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..." a solid analysis of the monarchy." --"Booklist"


JUNOR, PENNY. The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor. Thomas Dunne Bks: St. Martin's. 2005. c.464p. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 0-312-35274-3. $25.95. HIST Readers of this interesting and occasionally jaw-dropping look at the world's most famous dysfunctional family will find plenty to engage them. Journalist and royal biographer Junor (Charles: Victim or Villain; Diana, Princess of Wales) tells the reader that "the Queen...believes that with few exceptions everything that has gone wrong for the monarchy in the last twenty years has been attributable to Mrs. Parker Bowles." And the reason Prince Harry wore a Nazi uniform to a costume party? "Today's young are blissfully unaware of history (some of them aren't even taught it in our schools)." The reader comes away from the book feeling that had this family ever actually sat down and talked to one another a lot of their very public misfortunes might have been avoided. However, Junor doesn't just dish the dirt. She goes to a great deal of trouble to explain how "The Firm" works (and the queen, Princes Philip and Charles, and Princess Anne work very hard
indeed) and at what actual cost to the nation. Given the Royal Family's frequent appearance in the headlines, this work is sure to be in demand. Highly recommended for all public libraries.-Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., MA


London journalist and longtime Windsor-watcher Junor ("Home Truths,"" Charles: Victim or Villian?, Charles and Diana: Portrait of a Marriage," etc.) considers the British royal family's continuation into the 21st century in this sympathetic account, covering Diana's death to the present day. The explanation, Junor believes, lies both in the "magic" of the monarchy and in the family's organization into the titular businesslike entity, a phrase coined by Prince Philip. She asserts that the value of the monarchy-during this era without hierarchy, deference and respect-is to act as "a fixture in this morass" of modern life. Junor has met nearly all the royals, as well as many of their associates, and her observations plus long excerpts from interviews give the book an insider feel. This is a favorable, respectful portrait: Junor tempers any criticisms with admiring descriptions of the royals' good deeds, especially their charity work. And despite the book's subtitle, she doesn't dwell on the royal scandals, focusing instead on the details of her subjects' lives and personalities. This approach generates some extraneous chapters, such as the passage exploring the minutia of the Queen's private interests (e.g. horses). However, this book's depth and gentle commentary on a subject usually dominated by tabloid expos??'s should gratify those with an affectionate interest in Britain's monarchy. "Color photos."" (July)"

.,." a solid analysis of the monarchy." --"Booklist"

"A favorable, respectful portrait . . . should gratify those with affectionate interest in Britain's monarchy." ---"Publishers Weekly"

"Interesting . . . jaw-dropping . . . highly recommended." ---"Library Journal"

"… a solid analysis of the monarchy." --"Booklist"

“A favorable, respectful portrait . . . should gratify those with affectionate interest in Britain’s monarchy.” ---"Publishers Weekly"

“Interesting . . . jaw-dropping . . . highly recommended.” ---"Library Journal"

.".. a solid analysis of the monarchy." --"Booklist"

"A favorable, respectful portrait . . . should gratify those with affectionate interest in Britain's monarchy." ---"Publishers Weekly"

"Interesting . . . jaw-dropping . . . highly recommended." ---"Library Journal"

..". a solid analysis of the monarchy." --"Booklist"

"A favorable, respectful portrait . . . should gratify those with affectionate interest in Britain's monarchy." ---"Publishers Weekly"

"Interesting . . . jaw-dropping . . . highly recommended." ---"Library Journal"

a solid analysis of the monarchy. "Booklist"

A favorable, respectful portrait . . . should gratify those with affectionate interest in Britain's monarchy. "Publishers Weekly"

Interesting . . . jaw-dropping . . . highly recommended. "Library Journal""

About the Author

Penny Junor is a frequent commentator on the Royal Family on TV and in the press. She is the author of a number of bestselling royal and political biographies.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2443 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (30 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HY5EYZ6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
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The title is slightly misleading as the 'Troubled' bit is more towards the end. For me, there were some boring chapters, for example, some chapters are full of statistics like an end of the year report. Some chapters go into detail regarding Ascot Week, how members of the public are put through their paces at Investitures and a Who's Who of the Editors of the daily newspapers. These are things I'm personally not interested in and found I was turning quite a few pages to get back into the Royalty story.
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Penny Junor is very frank about the members of the Royal Family with whom she has had any contact. - almost too frank for my liking! The book reads rather jerkily, moving from one topic to another for no apparent reason. Also, the fact that it is almost ten years out of date detracts from its value. Many things have changed in the last decade, particularly for the younger members of "The Firm".
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This is the first book I've read by Penny Junor and I'm pretty sure it'll be the last as my hope of an unbiased book about the Royal Family was definitely not fulfilled. It wasn't hard to see where this book was going from the get-go as for the first 120 or so pages this book centered on what I can only call Diana-bashing. Obviously not a fan of Diana's Penny Junor's book had more of a `We Love Charles' theme to it than anything else. Throughout Diana is cast as unstable, paranoid, selfish, jealous and vindictive and Prince Charles is portrayed as the over-worked, under-appreciated Heir to the Throne who can do no wrong. On the subject of Charles and Camilla this book has a theme also. While Diana is cast with the die of adulteress for her affairs, Ms Junor sees no wrong in the Heir to the Throne having an affair spanning most of his marriage to Diana. Personally I think more could have been done to integrate Diana into the family but Penny Junor is of the opinion she should have just gotten on with it.

Ms Junor was also quick to assassinate the character of the ex-employee involved in the `rape tape' investigation that gripped the Prince of Wales household not too long ago. She seems to have a knack of assassinating all the characters disloyal to Prince Charles. Interesting that! Ms Junor has also met Camilla and thinks she's the bees-knees so its obvious which side of the fence she's on, therefore killing off any chance of an unbiased book.

In the chapter about Paul Burrell the butler was slated for his betrayal of the Royal Family and in particular Princes William and Harry by the publication of his book `A Royal Duty'. I can't see the Princes being too enamored with Ms Junor calling their late mother unstable over and over again. And I mean over and over again.
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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.
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Yes these two Royal Prince's are wonderful boys, I respect them so very much. They are very knowledgeable. They both have lovely personalities, and respect the public who they meet on there Travels. William is now a Wondeful Dad to little Prince George and also His new little Princess Charlotte.
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Interesting and informative book on the past and present of the modern-day Royal Family, up to the time of Charles & Camilla's engagement. While Penny Junor pulls no punches, I appreciate that she's not bashing the Royal Family just for the sake of it. Her writing is crisp and the book seems very well researched. I recommend it.
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Penny Junor can be relied upon to write interestingly and truthfully. There are not so many books nowadays about the Royal family which seem to say that everyone has settled in the water for now and the future.
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