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The Real Diana Hardcover – 2 Jan 2005

3.6 out of 5 stars 123 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Books (2 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900850958
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900850957
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 14.7 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Britain is buzzing about THE REAL DIANA' -- Victoria Mather, The Early Show, CBS News, 29 November 2004

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I was struck by readers' comments about the US edition of The Real Diana, published by St Martins in 1998. Arcadia has just published an updated, revised UK edition (late 2004) which was front-page news (Mail on Sunday) and which made headlines around the world including the US. Time has moved on since 1998 and, in many readers' eyes, Diana is seen as less of a saint these days. I find it hard to believe that Lady Colin Campbell's book would have received such considerable media coverage without a real basis in the truth of her story. Let's also not forget that her first book Diana in Private was attacked by the media on publication - and then that the veracity of her book was later widely acknowledged. Sometimes, of course, it is hard to see that our heroines have feet of clay.

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diana fans will hate this book. however, it clearly explains quoting doctors how ill diana was for many years. yes, she could be lovely and at times a real bitch too. all due to mental illness. whoever she'd married, the outcome would've the same. this book merely explains the hell behind closed doors. dians fans will hate some parts because they loved her so much but the truth can hurt. i believe that lady colin has written a good, well researched book. 5 stars.
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I loved this book - it was everything I had always suspected about the real story. It is very sad, and puts both points of view across very fairly. So interesting to compare it to Andrew Morton's book, which at the time it was written, I felt should never have been published. I recommend it to anyone who is still mystified about the whole story.
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The Real Diana is not what is expected. As a Diana worshipper who cried buckets at her funeral,I was interested in the multi faceted personality of this iconic woman. This book tells another story completely. The sourcing for each statement is impeccable, and so I am inclined to believe it. It is sympathetic to her 'difficulties', but shows a cunning and quite ruthless woman. The cover-ups and distortions make sense too. I still love the memory of her, but it is a fairer description than the innocent, naive woman we grew to love.
A good read if you like all things royal. Recommend it.
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After reading Real Diana I definitely feel that I now have a better insight into what made the ultimately beautiful, unforgettable, tragic Diana tick. Throughout reading it I feel it afforded me the absolute priviledge of stepping into her life and experiencing all the pain and glory from her perspective. While the book is quick to capitalise on Diana's human failings above all else it lets Diana's natural goodness and charisma shine through.
No-one reading this book can deny that Diana loved Charles deeply and anything she did... the tantrums, the affairs etc were her way of trying to gain his attention and win him back. I think it is also obvious from the book that Charles did indeed love Diana too and one is left feeling utterly heartbroken for the wonderful King and Queen we will never have! One is also left feeling that these two people could have had a long and glorious reign together to the utter delight and enchantment of the whole world if only they could have got the help and advise they so badly needed.
My only critism about the book is how the author blantly claims that Diana had an abortion on the heresay of "an Earl's daughter" since the author said that she cannot say that Diana was pregnant at the time of her death because there was no concrete evidence to support this fact then I feel that she should also have excercised this fairness of judgement regarding the abortion claim for which there is also no concrete evidence.
I would definitely recommend this book to any Diana fan...with the warning be prepared to reach the end page loving and missing her more than ever!
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Really interesting book, have read others but as Lady Colin Campbell wrote this,you get the truth from those in the know. She knew she should never have married Charles, it says she was more in love with the thought of being Princess of Wales than she was with him.On one hand she was a lovely person, but she mainly comes across as cunning, manipulative and attention seeking when things weren't going her way.And, she had lots of boyfriends before she was married, which we didn't know about, and seemingly, many affairs after. Very sad, Charles and Diane were incompatible, the only good thing about their marriage were Prince William and Prince Harry.
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I’ve just finished reading the Kindle edition of The Real Diana, and the fact that I actually got from cover to cover indicates to me that this book is not all THAT bad. It’s worth a read. However, there is so much not to like. Tone is one thing. For the first 30% of this book, the author repeats variations of ‘mentally ill’ so often that when she attempts to say anything nice about Diana it comes across as damning with faint praise. I’m glad I kept reading. At just past 50%, she outlines her connections and qualifications for writing, which might have been on the hardback book jacket, but would have made much more sense near the front of a Kindle book. The same coterie is quoted over and over ad nauseam throughout, so surely we now know who the author’s close friends are. No matter how it was actually written, this book reminded me vaguely of my grandmother, seated at a small writing desk, capturing her innermost thoughts for posterity on vellum paper with a fountain pen—it is of another time and place…and class, as the author is so quick to point out. It’s a gossipy book, which I have to say I enjoyed, taking everything I read with a grain of salt. I didn’t know Diana. She was unreal to me in life, and is more so in death, so I have no way of knowing whether anything written here is real or true, and much of this story we will never know. This is one woman’s opinion, the author’s, and she has strong views (both pro and con) about certain people which she does not hesitate to share. She does attempt to be fair to her subject in her own unique way. However, without knowing anything about anything, I can say there are some moments in this book where the author goes seriously wrong.Read more ›
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