A fascinating new insight into the life of Diana Princess of Wales to mark the tenth anniversary of her death
Tina Brown was twenty-five when she became editor-in-chief of The Tatler, reviving the nearly defunct 270 year old magazine. She went on to become editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, and in 1992 she became the first female editor of The New Yorker. In 200, Tina Brown was awarded a C.B.E. She is married to Sir Harold Evans and has two children. They reside in New York.
Tina Brown's long-awaited biography of Princess Diana is read by the author-a British legend in her own right. Brown's recital is colorful but limited by her rushed, occasionally slurred delivery, which detracts from her prose. The abridged version of the book hits the high notes of this lengthy bio, offering a condensed but worthwhile version of Diana's journey toward British royalty and her eventual tragic end. But as a reader, Brown hurries through even this shorter version, occasionally dropping syllables or speeding through phrases that are thus nearly incomprehensible. On other occasions, she carefully enunciates each syllable, emphasizing her British diction but rendering her reading more actress performance than nuanced reading. Simultaneous release with the Doubleday hardcover (reviewed online). (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Few modern women have been more adored, more loved, more photographed, and more written about than Princess Diana. Yet according to Brown, former editor in chief of Tatler magazine, "England's golden child" struggled with psychic scars from childhood emotional traumas that were impacted by life in the tabloid-driven fish bowl that is the British royal family. The author has brought her journalistic experience and extensive Rolodex of contacts to bear on the late princess; she reexamines the tumultuous life of the woman the world thought it knew. Brown's book depicts a Diana who is more than a porcelain saint; her collusions with the media proved to be her undoing. Her championing of the less-fortunate is juxtaposed with her treatment of her staff and stepmother alongside her mercurial relationships with her mother, her former sister-in-law, Fergie, and men, single and married. Along with her English accent and actress's timing, Rosalyn Landor brings a cadenced elegance to the reading that is further enhanced by her beautiful diction and rich dramatizations. Containing entertainment as well as some journalistic value, this gossipy tramp through a life picked over too much will be in demand; recommended to libraries with medium to large collections of pop culture and biography.-David Faucheux, Louisiana Audio Information & Reading Svc., Lafayette Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"Ms. Brown is in an ideal position to sort out fact from factoid. She casts a sophisticated and skeptical eye over the reams of nonsense which have smothered the Diana myth. Her sophisticated approach, a triumph of reporting, makes The Diana Chronicles a candy feast of royal gossip to be consumed preferably at a single sitting. It will bring the summer to a standstill. Every last quip and quote, snip and sneer, joke and jape about this disastrous marriage is recorded with elegance and interpreted with wise understanding," * The New York Sun * "Nothing comes close to Tina Brown's book for its tight grip on the dark human comedy that was Diana's life and death. Brown knows the ritual dances, the shouts and whispers of the tribes of Britain - the Sloanes, the paparazzi, the aristos, and the cocktail lounge lizards - better than anyone who has ever written this story but she also has a perfect ear for the way ordinary people responded to the doomed Princess. The result is compulsively page-turning" * Simon Schama * "The Diana Chronicles is an enjoyable romp. There are funny moments and Brown in an astute observer of people.Tina Brown is the biographer the princess deserves., Sunday Telegraph Tina Brown makes Diana as deeply fascinating as the great heroines of literature. She is magnificent at creating atmosphere" * Daily Express * "Authoratative and well researched, Tina Brown's book should become standard reading material about the People's Princess" * Tatler * "The Diana Chronicles is a blockbuster: a rollicking, page-turning, fast quipping, gripping romp of a read. It is the work of a seasoned, serious journalist who understands that just because a subject has a populist appeal does not mean that it has to get the dumb treatment" * The Times *