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My Unapologetic Diaries Paperback – 23 Jun. 2022
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'As brutal, withering and funny as you'd expect' Julian Clary
'A rollicking read, packed with wit and old-school glamour' Sunday Telegraph
'Fabulously entertaining, impossibly glamorous and utterly irresistible' Piers Morgan
'Packed with insight and fun' Red
A keen diarist from the age of twelve, Joan Collins is finally spilling the beans - well, nearly all of them. Taking us on a dazzling tour around the globe - from exclusive restaurants in Los Angeles to the glittering beaches of St Tropez, from dinner parties in London to galas in New York City - some of the characters you will meet in these pages include Rod Stewart, Princess Margaret, Donald Trump, Michael Caine, Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, Rupert Everett, Roger Moore, Shirley MacLaine, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many more. Her diaries are intimate and witty, and they pull no punches, with NO apologies to anyone mentioned in them!
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These diaries are like their author - fabulously entertaining, impossibly glamorous, and utterly irresistible -- Piers Morgan
Even with a life as packed as this, can there be anything left to say? Plenty, it turns out, and with great style and an enormous dash of acid. This is a book to read while sipping a stiff drink, ideally with a gorgeous companion on hand to whom you can read out the choicest bits. She puts on a hell of a show ― The Times
A fascinating glimpse into a fabulous life. Dame Joan's private thoughts are as brutal, withering and funny as you'd expect -- Julian Clary
The inimitable Dame Joan shares her views on the world and her showbiz chums without deference to political correctness ― Daily Telegraph
From encounters with the Royal Family to experiences at star-studded parties, this is a book packed with insight and fun ― Red
A wonderfully rich and mesmerising diary. Full of insight and revelation -- William Boyd
These diary entries are brilliantly candid, with name-dropping aplenty. A rollicking read, packed with wit and old-school glamour ― Sunday Telegraph - Stella Magazine
Unapologetic to say the least. Alexis Carrington hasn't got anything on Dame Joan -- Tracey Emin CBE RA
Combative and gloriously indiscreet, Dame Joan Collins leaves a trail of walking wounded in her wake with her waspish observations of Hollywood, theatre-land and monarchy. It's why she is showbusiness royalty -- Andrew Pierce
What a treat to delve into Joan Collins's diaries; a treat from start to finish -- Elizabeth Hurley
- Publisher : W&N (23 Jun. 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1474621295
- ISBN-13 : 978-1474621298
- Dimensions : 12.8 x 2.6 x 19.6 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 59,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The parts where Joan is writing about what goes on behind the scenes in the theatre, filming or the making of a TV show are the most interesting bits, and anything where she goes out to lunch, what she eats and who else is in the restaurant should have been cut.
One thing the book does is show up the sheer shallowness and rudeness of the rich in Hollywood. One can only be aghast at someone called Muck Flick, who arranges a party to celebrate Joan getting an OBE and then uninvites a lot of people over some umbrage he has taken....and then ends up uninviting Joan from her own party!! His crass behaviour is just beyond belief. Another friend criticises Joan's new flat, "It's back to mid-eighties, your Dynasty days, dear." What a rude thing to say. He tells her, amongst other things, how she spoiled her children and doesn't dress well. The shallowness comes through, too, in the number of TV programmes etc that are suggested and offered to her, but never come to fruition.
Sadly Joan doesn't always come out of the book too well either. Boasts about her magnificent kitchen, yet says she seldom cooks but makes wonderful tuna sandwiches. "Another kitchen designer came for another endless discussion of how to redesign my kitchen....was stunned at the price....over £50,000." Complains that a $1.1 million offer from Random House just isn't enough, but then throws in lines like "I ordered £400 worth of caviar which we had in baked potatoes as a starter" when half a dozen friends pop round. There are "friends of friends" who decide to just take her to Cartiers to buy her a small gift of a "diamond studded ring" or a bracelet, which she happily accepts from people she hardly knows. And another time: "Dashed to Alex Harris, a jeweller in Old Bond Street who is going to lend me the most gorgeous amethyst and diamond necklace..." These things don't exactly make her endearing and it would have been better not to write about them.
Then there's the coterie of friends that pop up wherever she is around the world, and she takes them to the most expensive restaurants, etc. You can't help wondering if she is paying the bill all the time and these "friends" are just taking advantage of her celebrity. Out of all the people mentioned, I wouldn't mind betting that she can count the true friends - the ones she can really trust and aren't gossipy or bitchy behind her back - on the fingers of one hand. Thank goodness she married Percy Gibson. One friend, Giancarlo Giammetti, tells Joan she should get gold injections for her nose to mouth lines "which I didn't know I had!" Another, Robin, must be the biggest snob on the planet. Won't go with her to Buckingham Palace award ceremony because it's only an OBE.....if it had been her Damehood (which came later) then he would have gone! Astonishing that she puts up with people like this.
Overall, Joan is clearly trying to impress with this book - look at how many wonderful people I know, look at the fabulous food we eat, look at how much money I spend on clothes, look at what a fuss I can make if not given the first class treatment on planes (when she gets fed up with waiting for her luggage to come off the plane: "I just told them to send it on to my hotel". When she can't face a crowded bus with other passengers being taken to the plane: "Luckily an Air France rep took me in a car."); in restaurants: "The food was naff, I had to ask for a salad to be made and that took ages to arrive." And she agrees when somebody says that she isn't being treated properly for her "calibre" of stardom.
If you like Joan Collins and want to carry on liking her, I wouldn't recommend this book.