Tina Brown kept delicious daily diaries throughout her eight spectacular years as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair. Today, they provide an incendiary portrait of the flash and dash and power brokering of the Excessive Eighties in New York and Hollywood.
Named one of the best books of 2017 by Time, People, Amazon.com, TheGuardian, Paste Magazine, & Vogue.
“A zingy account of the glittery, shallow 1980s . . . Brown is a waspish, reliably slick writer―her witty skewerings are first-class.”
―The Times (London)
“There’s swing in Brown’s voice and vinegar in her pen . . . For legacy-media freaks, The Vanity FairDiaries is a bound volume of crack.”
―Jennifer Senior, The New York Times Book Review
“Tina Brown is an even more accomplished writer than any of us imagined . . . nearly every sentence in these off-hours jottings is polished to such a high sheen . . . Brown does an exquisitely pointillist job of capturing this circus of an era.”
―Edward Kosner, The Wall Street Journal
Years after her death, Princess Diana remains a mystery. Was she “the people’s princess,” who electrified the world with her beauty and humanitarian missions? Or was she a manipulative, media-savvy neurotic who nearly brought down the monarchy?
In The Diana Chronicles, you will meet a formidable female cast and understand as never before the society that shaped them: Diana's sexually charged mother, her scheming grandmother, the stepmother she hated but finally came to terms with, and bad-girl Fergie, her sister-in-law, who concealed wounds of her own. Most formidable of them all was her mother-in-law, the Queen, whose admiration Diana sought till the day she died. Add Camilla Parker-Bowles, the ultimate "other woman" into this combustible mix, and it's no wonder that Diana broke out of her royal cage into celebrity culture, where she found her own power and used it to devastating effect.
"Tina Brown knows this world much better than many who inhabit it.... This book resembles the Queen in its calm, credible, quietly chattering view of life inside the royal hothouse." —The New York Times
“Engrossing detail on every page”–The New Yorker
“Amazingly detailed . . . Brown's jam-packed, juicy roll in the high cotton is...a walloping good read.” —Washington Post
“[An] insanely readable and improbably profound new biography.” —Chicago Tribune
"It's Dianamite!" —Tom Wolfe
"Intensely well researched and an unputdownable read."—Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren