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    Sarah Bradford(Author)

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With the authority missing from all previous accounts, acclaimed royal biographer Sarah Bradford delivers a complex and explosive study of the greatest icon of the twentieth century: Diana, Princess of Wales. With access to those closest to Diana and her select circle, Sarah Bradford casts aside the gossip and lies and takes us to the very heart of the Royal Family, talking to those who know them intimately, and finally separating the myth from the truth of the Diana years. Drawing on remarkable new interviews and first-hand accounts from friends, courtiers and employees, "Diana" paints an extraordinary portrait of a woman riddled with contradictions. Magnetic, affectionate, compassionate, stylish, and dutiful, on one hand; destructive, needy, self-absorbed, and consumed with insecurity and suspicion, on the other. "Diana" follows the blighted childhood, which left her feeling she was an unloved disappointment; the old-fashioned courtship which saw her capture the Prince of Wales; the transformation of an unworldly teenager into an emotionally demanding yet adoring wife and mother; the damage caused by the ever present spectre of Camilla Parker Bowles; and the eventual collapse of the doomed marriage once hailed as the ultimate fairytale. Bradford examines Diana's relationships with her lovers, staff and friends as well as her children, husband and in-laws. She also charts Diana's profound commitment to her charities and her rare connection and empathy with all those she met; the struggle to find an identity after the separation from Charles; and the final, complicated year as a single woman. From the bestselling author of "Elizabeth: A Biography of Her Majesty The Queen" - Sarah Bradford's "Diana" is the most revealing, insightful and accurate portrait of the Princess, and her continued impact on the Monarchy.

The definitive biography. In this authoritative account, Bradford paints a revealing, accurate portrait of a complex woman flawed and adored in equal measure. (Daily Telegraph)Readers will find themselves gripped by this gloriously gossipy account. Bradford is even-handed and unafraid. (Jeremy Lewis Sunday Times Books of the Year)Diana is Sarah Bradford's excellent and authoritative new biography of the most extraordinary woman in recent history ... Sarah Bradford has set a high standard for the others to follow (Virginia Blackburn Daily Express)You feel from this book that you know the woman as she probably was, and that is because, perhaps for the first time, a grown-up has written about her (Adam Nicolson Evening Standard)Bradford has a real grasp of history and the ability to make it spark into new life (Sunday Telegraph)A woman of intelligence and taste ... Bradford is an excellent writer who has produced a balanced and well-researched biography. (Philip Hensher Spectator)A very sad story. Bradford tells it eloquently, but it's her admirable detachment that leaves one pitying all, not one, of the characters involved. (Antonia Fraser Guardian Books of the Year) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 443 pages
  • Sarah Bradford(Author)
  • Viking Books; First Edition edition (26 Sept. 2006)
  • English
  • 9
  • Biography

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  • By K. Richardson on 16 August 2011

    I found this a well-written and well balanced biography of one of the most famous (and infamous) women in the world. Neither cloyinging sentimental nor overly harsh it brought to life the troubled woman behind the headlines. In the end I felt sorry for both Charles and Diana - both seeking what the other could not provide.My only slight criticism is the perfunctory way in which the death of Diana and the aftermath was handled - it felt more like an afterthought and lacking the in-depth research and comment of the previous chapters. While I understand the author not wishing to indulge the conspiracy therorists or engage in tittle-tattle, a little more narrative here would have been welcome and would have rounded off Diana's story nicely with the impact her death had on her friends, family and the rest of the world.

  • By Guest on 5 September 2017

    A seemingly very frank and honest view from her former private secretary, unbiased in its non-confrontational commentary.

  • By Nanavee on 20 January 2014

    What a great book, I have read a lot of books on Princess Diane this is one of the best

  • By MSB20 on 30 August 2017

    Very even handed.

  • By ELIZABETH BRADLEY on 11 October 2016

    probably best "Diana" book I have read to date. Gives valuable insight into the story and tragic life of a person who obviously had personal issues to deal with.

  • By charlotte the harlot on 11 July 2017

    Beautifully written and well researched . A revealing and exceptionaly sad insight into the despair of a genuinely wonderful young girl who fell for a "wrong 'un" ! The world continues to love and miss Diana but do people really care about the narcissistic Charles and his aged wife ? Absolutely not .

  • By J. Stephenson on 18 June 2017

    I confess I've read far too many about Princess Diana but this is by far the best. Extremely well-researched and pretty much impossible to put down.

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