Penguin Random House

The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor--The Truth and the Turmoil

SKU: 9780593138090

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The "addictively readable" (The Washington Post) inside story of the British royal family's battle to overcome the dramas of the Diana years--only to confront new, twenty-first-century crises

 

"The beach read of the summer . . . juicy, satisfying entertainment."--Town & Country

"Never again" became Queen Elizabeth II's mantra shortly after Princess Diana's tragic 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 Tina Brown's masterful 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.

 

Brown takes readers on a tour de force journey through the scandals, love affairs, power plays, and betrayals that have buffeted the monarchy over the last twenty-five years. We see the Queen's stoic re­solve after the passing of Princess Margaret, the Queen Mother, and Prince Philip, her partner for seven decades, and how she triumphs in her Jubilee years even as family troubles rage around her. Brown explores Prince Charles's determination to make Camilla Parker Bowles his wife, the tension between William and Harry on "different paths," the ascend­ance of Kate Middleton, the downfall of Prince An­drew, 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.

 

Tina Brown has been observing and chronicling the British monarchy for three decades, and her sweeping account is full of powerful revelations, newly reported details, and searing insight gleaned from remarkable access to royal insiders. Stylish, witty, and erudite, The Palace Papers will irrevoca­bly change how the world perceives and under­stands the royal family.


Review Quotes:

"Zingers crisscross these pages like tracer fire. . . . [Tina Brown] becomes the ideal tour guide: witty, opinionated and adept at moving us smoothly from bedchamber to belowstairs while offering side trips to the cesspits of the tabloid press, the striving world of second-tier celebrities and the threadbare lodgings of palace supernumeraries." --The Wall Street Journal

 

"Frothy and forthright, a kind of 'Keeping Up With the Windsors' with sprinkles of Keats." --The New York Times

 

"[Tina Brown] deploys her sterling contacts and deeply embedded sources, her familiarity with British royal history and her personal encounters with royals, palace courtiers, politicians and journalists to serve up a luscious feast of . . . well, yes, gossip. But what elegant gossip, dressed up in Brown's stylish sentences and erudite insights." --USA Today

 

"Addictively readable . . . the most essential book of the Markle interregnum." --The Washington Post

 

"Gripping . . . [The] real power of this book is the cumulative picture it builds of lives as they have to be lived by the rules and customs of the Windsor palaces." --The Daily Beast

 

"Brown is a deft and wily royal chronicler, marshaling a heavy arsenal of details into a wickedly edible narrative. Her cynical eye and free, indirect style sustain and synthesize a range of viewpoints, and she's retained the editor's knack for devastating capsule descriptions. . . . An excellent primer for the unpredictable years ahead." --Los Angeles Times

 

"Clever, well-informed and disgustingly entertaining." --The Times (UK)

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