The Palace Papers

Inside the House of Windsor--the Truth and the Turmoil

by Tina Brown

Number of pages: 592

Publisher: Crown

BBB Library: Booklets

ISBN: 978-0593138090

About the Author

Tina Brown is an award-winning writer and editor and founder of the Women in the World Summit. Between 1979 and 2001 she was the editor of Tatler, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker. Her 2007 biography of the Princess of Wales, The Diana Chronicles, topped the New York Times bestseller list. In 2008 she founded The Daily Beast. The Vanity Fair Diaries, her memoir covering the years she edited that magazine, was published in 2017. She lives in New York City.


Editorial Review

After Diana’s death, sadness seemed to overwhelm not only the life of the Royal family but also of their friends and attendants. This was quite visible in the memorial service held at the Guards’ Chapel in 2006. The writer points out that the family resembled a dejected group. Even worse, youngsters looked terribly resentful. But ever since Diana’s death, the queen had always made it clear that the family was not into having another “Diana”, and that the throne heirs were the only ones who mattered. Likewise, everybody should serve and support the crown, not themselves. 

Book Reviews

“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.”

“Frothy and forthright, a kind of ‘Keeping Up With the Windsors’ with sprinkles of Keats.”

“[Tina Brown] deploysher sterling contacts and deeply embedded sources, her familiarity with British royal history and her personal encounters with royals, palace courtiers, politiciansand journalists to serve up aluscious feast of . . . well, yes, gossip. But what elegant gossip, dressed up in Brown’s stylish sentences and erudite insights.”

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