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Diana: Her True Story

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An intimate portrait of the Princess of Wales describes her public and private life, reveals details about her marital problems, and discusses her attitudes toward motherhood, public service, and more. 250,000 first printing. Lit Guild Feat Alt. First serial, People.
Hardcover, 181 pages
Published June 1st 1992 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1992)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Diana: Her True Story, Andrew Morton
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 2000 میلادی
عنوان: دایانا غریبه ای در دربار انگلیس؛ نویسنده: اندرو مورتن؛ مترجم: سیاوش فولادفرد؛ ویراستار: جمال آل احمد؛ تهران، کویر، 1377؛ در 288 ص؛ شابک: 9646144217؛ چاپ چهارم 1378؛ موضوع: سرگذشتنامه شاهزادگان انگلستان - قرن 20 م
فهرست: آغاز شکوفائی، انتظار داشتند من یک پسر باشم، فقط مرا عالیجناب خطاب کنید، چه آرزوئی در دل داشتم، فریاد کمک، عزیزم من دارم از بین میروم، مسیر زندگی من عوض شد، من آنها را تحریک نمیکنم، من آنچه در توان داشتم
My heart, it bleeds...

This is easily the best biography I've ever read. And it's been a long time coming. Ever since I heard of this I've wanted to read it. It just so happens that I was recently in St John's and stopped to browse a local used bookshop, inside which I found a pristine copy of the book. It is also fitting that I read it during the summer that is the 20th anniversary of her death.

There is so much about this woman that I did not know. Or, if I knew it, I didn't know the extent to w
Nov 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, biographies
I've always been interested in Princess Diana but at the height of her publicity, I was still too young to have any other impression of her than those of fairy tales, a handsome prince and his princess. Then she died and the hype and mystery surrounding her death also kept me captivated for a while. I didn't think to read anything about her until a friend mentioned recently that he wanted to (thanks Mostafa). I figured now, as an adult, was a good time to read her story, understand the facts, an ...more
Jared Anderson
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, I realize that this is a one-sided story. There is going to be a bias. While the author did try to lay blame on Diana when it was due at times, it really was a sharp criticism of the Prince of Wales.

I'm a monarchy buff, so I love this stuff. Having read the Queen's biography by Sally Bedell Smith, it was interesting seeing information from both sides. This account sheds light on how the Queen did see Diana as a threat to the royal family, not power-wise but systemically. She broke some
Caidyn (BW Book Reviews)
This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews.

I'll admit it: I'm a bit behind the times with this book. I had never heard of it until I was browsing my library's online downloadable audiobook catalogue and saw this as an option. It wasn't until I started listening to it that I found out the story behind this book. Diana, basically, wanted her words to get out and to set down her story before Prince Charles could. So, she worked with Morton and someone else. Morton gave the questions he
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Tabloid fodder, that's all this feels like. Thankfully my copy wasn't the overblown 300-400+ pages in the mass market paperback, I don't think I could've gotten through it otherwise. Full of spelling mistakes; it's easy to see how utterly rushed this was. I'm sure it was much more sensational when it was first published, before Diana and Charles divorced. I didn't learn anything new from it and I honestly feel guilty for owning it. A person's life isn't meant to be judged and picked over so inte ...more
What a sad book. I grew up with Diana as the "People's Princess." I remember my mom waking my sister and I up so early those many years ago to watch the royal wedding. Like so many in the world, I watched Diana through the years with fascination and admiration. I wept when her life was cut tragically short just as it seemed she had found happiness in so many areas of her life.

This is the updated edition that came out after her death. Morton adds context to how he gathered the information for her
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Blah! This book leaves the reader wondering who was more at fault for the Windsor's marriage failure. From what this author writes, it had nothing to do with Diana's immaturity, bulimia, half-hearted suicide attempts, intellectual capacity (or lack thereof), or her extra-marital affairs. The whole fault lay with Charles and his philandering with Camilla. Isn't it always the guy's fault? :)

The bottom line is that if a person is not born into the public spotlight, it's a tough lifestyle to adapt
Shaun Attwood
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A harrowing read, which opened my eyes to the suffering Diana went through, including Charles cheating on her with Camilla even before he married Diana. Really exposes the sinister behaviour of the Royal Family.
Maria Raquel
A biografia é boa, mas o autor coloca Lady Di como a santa sofredora. Dramático demais, principalmente nos últimos capítulos.
Feb 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own-picks
I'm one of those people that was, and continues to be, fascinated by Diana. This book was an interesting one bc it was written before her death and even before her divorce was finalized! I enjoyed getting to (supposedly) get a look into her everyday life from childhood to acting as Princess. We will never know everything about this enchanting woman, but it won't stop us from trying. I would really like to find another biography about Diana that is up-to-date and regarded as at least somewhat rel ...more
Roxanne Hayes
Watching The Crown inspired me to read this! Read this if you would like to know a lot of the personal details of Diana s life. Quite interesting for the fact that she authorized it and worked with the author, Andrew Morton. Ultimately very sad to learn how trapped she was by the royal way of life and a man who didn t love her.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2017
I'm not usually one for celebrity biographies or memoirs, but when I read that this biography of Diana was based upon her own words, my curiosity got the best of me. I'm old enough to remember Diana as the mistreated royal and to have been affected by her death. I found this book fascinating not only as a way to find out the facts about her marriage and life as a royal, but as I learned more about Diana's childhood and personality, I couldn't help but try and understand her motives and psyche.
Amy Westgarth
I can't remember being aware of Diana before her death in 1997. As a 9-year-old I woke up bright and early on that Saturday ready to watch the morning cartoons as usual. Instead what I found was rolling news footage of some woman who had died in a car crash. Flicking through the channels and realising the cartoons weren't coming, I headed upstairs to my parents' bedroom in a huff. Waking them up I announced, "There's nothing on, it's all 'oh nooo Princess Diana's dead'". The reaction from my par ...more
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Every family has a secret and the secret is it is not like any other family." - Alan Bennett, pg. 146

This book was supremely engaging; I found that I could not, quite literally, put it down. In the two days it took for me to finish it, I read it at the gym (deliberately choosing the stationary bike rather than my usual treadmill), in the bathroom while brushing my teeth, at the breakfast table, and even during a hockey game. I stayed up late both nights just to read another chapter, because I w
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say, I was surprised by how engrossed I became in this book. I picked it up not expecting to learn much about her that I hadn't already seen in a million TV specials, but through Diana's cooperation Morton was able to create a very complete picture of her life. Her journey from rebellious girl to carefree young woman to frightened & lonely royal wife to the strong, independent woman she became in the 90s was inspiring. Being married and thrust into her princess role at such a young ...more
Mandi Bryan
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never really liked non-fiction books but this book was a game changer for me. I liked it so much because the author told Princess Diana's story to let people know what was really wrong with her. I think the author wanted people to know why she was the way she was. The book taught me that I should never look at someone a certain way without walking in their shoes or considering what life is like for them. The author wrote the book in third person and I wished it could have been from Princess Di ...more
Cyna Bosworth
I mostly read it because of my fascination with how the Queen and her family/"the Firm" is presented in the media today, what with the adulation of William and Kate and Charles and Camilla looking cosy together, it's almost as if none of this ever happened. I was curious to hear "her story" and not just what I remembered from media coverage back in the day.

The transcripted portion in the beginning was interesting but as some of it was worked into the narrative later in the book, it felt a little
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this book with a hope and finished it with a smile on me face. The last chapter, 'I did my best', perfectly closes the biography and gave me the kind of inspiration I was looking for. I read non fiction after a long time and I don't know whether my review can compare it with other biographies of Princess Diana... but I took in every word of this book (which is the reason it took me 30 days to read 158 pages :p ) and saw astounding parallels with the life an ordinary Pakistani woman. I ...more
Jul 31, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: smut
I'm not sure what it is about the House of Windsor but those royals make me cry every time. Perhaps it is the drama that hooks me; Diana's self-description on her wedding day as "a lamb to the slaughter". Poor Di. All I know is that the Princess was a born tragedy, her life over and out of her hands before she could say tea and crumpets. She is, and will forever be the most famous, widely recognized person in the world. That says a little about her life and even more about her death. I too miss ...more
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and extremely sad.
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Maryem  Benmansour
Diana Her True Story

The tragic death of the alluring and influential Princess of Wales, Diana on the 31st of August had the plunged the world into melancholy, regret, and despair. “Diana Her True Story” written by Andrew Morton is a novel, which aids the audience to comprehend the “true story” of the marvelous princess who has changed the world. It explained all her life in brief, yet crucial details. In order for him to write this novel, he received the full support and cooperation of her frien
Michael Hołda (Holda)
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
It’s not only book about Diana, it contains details of life of modern British aristocracy, such as house of Windsor. Witten by “the leading Royal writer” that makes Diana’s history present.
Hiruni Gunaratne
Beautiful read <3
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diana:Her True Story reads like a tabloid magazine. Prolix and overflowing with details about location, first, middle, and last names, the author betrays his eager quest for validation. The book would have been much less tedious if he'd left those details to the reference section. Andrew Morton's portrayal of Prince Charles - with his numerous relationships and "confession" of easily falling in love - and the aristocracy makes the storied high born society of Britain seem vain and vacuous. The t ...more
Joshua Wilson
Nov 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book during a particularly trying time in my life over the past few weeks. I related a lot to the central themes here including: isolations, low confidence in ones self, charming manner and social aptitude while harboring self doubt and the plight of disordered eating patterns. Perhaps what is most unbelievable is that Charles was wrecked by his jealousy of his wife and her rapport with the public, the media and just about anyone she met. He gave up an opportunity f ...more
I was so excited to read this when my sister found out there was a revised copy, with Diana's actual words in it. When I sat down to read it, it took me forever, because I just wasn't in the mood for it anymore. I had gotten over the Diana craze we were in, wanting to read any and all books on Diana. Also, I'm not usually a biography reader, and prefer romance novels, so I guess I had worn out the subject! Some days I wouldn't pick it up at all, and others I would only read a little bit. It ende ...more
Feb 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: used-to-own, diana, royals
The book is engaging, even exciting, because of Morton's journalistic expose style of writing; but I can't help but feel that this was a propaganda piece in favour of Diana, and so while there may be some truth in parts of it, there are many accounts to the contrary regarding some of the things Diana claimed happened both before and during her tenure as Princess of Wales. (See Tina Brown's The Diana Chronicles for a less syrupy portrayal of Diana, or even Diana: Closely Guarded Secret, written b ...more
Zoe Zugovitz
I read this book because my english teacher bought it for me because I am interested in biographies. I read Diana Her True Story - In Her Own Words by Andrew Morton. This whole book is about Princess Diana, Princess of Wales. I really liked the book, but in the title it said her her own words and basically none of it was in her own words. Only pages 23-69 were actually her own words, there was a total of 288 pages.

The book was about her whole life: it didn’t have that much of her childhood, but
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Andrew David Morton (born 1953) is one of the world's best-known biographers and a leading authority on modern celebrity. His groundbreaking biography Diana: Her True Story was a #1 New York Times bestseller, as was Monica's Story, an authorized biography of Monica Lewinsky, and Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography. The winner of numerous awards, including Author of the Year, his other New York T ...more
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