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The Palace Papers: The Sunday Times bestseller Hardcover – 26 April 2022
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The Sunday Times Bestseller
THE ROYAL BOOK OF THE YEAR
'Eye-poppingly revealing. . . impeccable sources, historical heft and canny insights served up with a zingy wit. There are many royal biographers, but few as good as this. She turns gossip into the first draft of history.' TELEGRAPH
From the Queen's stoic resolve to the crisis of Meghan and Harry. From the ascendance of Camilla and Kate to the downfall of Andrew. Full of remarkable inside access, The Palace Papers by Sunday Times bestselling author Tina Brown will change how you understand the Royal Family.
'Clever, well-informed and disgustingly entertaining' THE TIMES
'There are royal books, and there are royal books. But The Palace Papers is in a genre of its own' RADIO TIMES
'Jaw dropping! What a book . . . if you ever want to feel like a fly on the wall of any of the palaces, this is it.'
'Brown's prose has the swoosh of an enjoyably OTT ballgown' FINANCIAL TIMES
'The world's sharpish and best-informed royal expert' PIERS MORGAN
'Riveting and rigorous' PANDORA SYKES
'A witty, rip-roaring read . . . full off perceptive and witty observations' i Newspaper
'A rollicking ride through recent royal family history . . . Tina Brown's sparkling prose and eye for detail enliven an entertaining exposé' OBSERVER
'The most explosive royal book of the year' THE SUN
'Gloriously irreverent, racily written and often very funny. The early chapters on the long affair between Prince Charles and Camilla read like a non-fiction version of Jilly Cooper's Rutshire Chronicles' NEW STATESMAN
'A motherlode of delectable gossip . . . Brown has produced a work both scholarly and scandalous that makes us think about what the post-Elizabethan world may bring, alternately amusing and horrifying us along the way . . . vivid and richly-embroidered' INDEPENDENT
'The devil is in the delicious detail . . . Brown tackles her subjects with the same brio she brought to her years as a highly regarded magazine editor . . . Her access to those who flit around the royals gives her writing an edgy authenticity' DAILY MAIL
'Brown thrashes her way through absolutely everything that has happened to the family since the end of the last book in 1997 . . . Charles and Camilla are vividly brought to life in a series of well-researched stories and anecdotes' SUNDAY TIMES
'The Palace Papers is a sharp-nibbed observation of a generation of tumult for the House of Windsor, bookended by the deaths of Princess Diana and Prince Philip. It's a story about media as much as monarchy, and it draws from almost every chapter in Brown's career in journalism' FINANCIAL TIMES
'It's hard to look away as Tina Brown delves into decades' worth of royal scandals' GUARDIAN
'Utter brilliance . . . a rip-roaring read' SCOTSMAN
'A brilliant book. Tina Brown has inside knowledge and writes so well' LADY ANNE GLENCONNER (author of Lady in Waiting)
'Never again', became Queen Elizabeth II's mantra shortly after Diana's death. More specifically, there could never be 'another Diana' - a member of the family whose global popularity upstaged, outshone, and posed an existential threat to the British monarchy. Picking up where The Diana Chronicles left off, The Palace Papers reveals how the royal family reinvented itself after the traumatic years when Diana's blazing celebrity ripped through the House of Windsor like a comet.
Tina Brown takes readers on a tour de force journey that shows the Queen's stoic resolve as she coped with the passing of Princess Margaret, the Queen Mother and her partner for seven decades, Prince Philip, and triumphed in her Jubilee years even as the family dramas raged around her. She explores Prince Charles's determination to make Camilla his queen, the tension between William and Harry who are on 'different paths', the ascendance Kate Middleton, the disturbing allegations surrounding Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein, and Harry and Meghan's stunning decision to 'step back' as senior royals. Despite the fragile monarchy's best efforts, 'never again' seems fast approaching.
About the Author
- Publisher : Century (26 April 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 592 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1529124700
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529124705
- Dimensions : 16.2 x 5 x 24 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On the down side: she is ridiculously saccharine abt some characters, such as the Queen, Camilla and Kate. The Duchess of Cambridge is presented as some perfect wife and mother, airbrushed to the hilt. I can almost hear the hackneyed phrase "she's never put a foot wrong" already. Unfortunately she is also portrayed as being as dull as ditch water. The chapters focusing on Wills & Kate are coma-inducing. What really riled me though were the closing chapters, when the author drears on that The Queen led us all through the Covid pandemic (REALLY?!), and what a devastating blow it will be to us all when London Bridge finally falls. She even has the bare-faced audacity to ask if we will even feel British anymore. WTF?? Yes I will be British, it says so on my passport, & to be brutally frank, I don't see why the death of an old lady I have never met will change me being British!! What patronising garbage! The idea we will all be rendered immobile with grief is naive and patronising in the extreme. I've often thought that Royalists are of a different mindset completely, but royal authors and journalists seem to be from another planet. On top of all that, she quotes Gyles flippin' Brandreth! Ye gods, remind me never to read another blasted book about the House Of Windsor. Enough already.
It's mostly well enough written, apart from a few Mills & Boon touches here & there but I'm not quite sure why the author bothered to write it.