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Her books are well-sourced. I would imagine she sleeps very well since she brings a great deal of clarity to muddy waters imo.

Was Diana's Morton book a pastiche? Just wondering.
They're both just writing the books to make money and gain some attention. No matter anyone think of Charles and Diana, they had some happy years in their marriage and some turbulent years. It's a total shame that people busy themselves trying to rewrite the couple's ups and downs over and over again. There's really nothing we haven't heard of before in these stories. A lot of the truth has been twisted so much to fit the authors narritive and personal angles.
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They're both just writing the books to make money and gain some attention.
That's an opinion, and dismissive. Read the excerpt to see how many areas she illuminates.

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It's a total shame that people busy themselves trying to rewrite the couple's ups and downs over and over again.
Bedell-Smith is not re-writing (as in concocting), rather she is filling in the massive blank: in what Diana reported, what did others see, and especially what was Charles experiencing. All valid journalistic history.

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There's really nothing we haven't heard of before in these stories. A lot of the truth has been twisted so much to fit the authors narrative and personal angles.
Apparently it's not been heard because it is Diana's narrative that is given credence. As best as I can discern there is nothing 'twisted' in Bedell-Smith's rendering. If you are a Diana fan, you should read it. I don't think you will be 'disappointed'. If she is in error, point it out. That would be valuable.
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That's an opinion, and dismissive. Read the excerpt to see how many areas she illuminates.



Bedell-Smith is not re-writing (as in concocting), rather she is filling in the massive blank: in what Diana reported, what did others see, and especially what was Charles experiencing. All valid journalistic history.



Apparently it's not been heard because it is Diana's narrative that is given credence. As best as I can discern there is nothing 'twisted' in Bedell-Smith's rendering. If you are a Diana fan, you should read it. I don't think you will be 'disappointed'. If she is in error, point it out. That would be valuable.
Both sides have been written about over and over again. Nothing presented in this upcoming book is new. It's just being done for profit off the Prince and Princess of Wales personal life. Practically every few years people write the same stuff that's been already written. The trouble is people these authors know they have an audience for it and are willing to buy into these sagas.
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The DM are serialising this, or cherry picking, if you will! However, this latest excerpt concentrates on how Charles deals with those who disagree with his beliefs and opinions.

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I don't know what to make of this biography. Some excerpts are positive towards Charles and others are absolutely brutal.
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I guess you have to read the whole biography, without the 'benefit' of Daily Fail cherry picking, to get a rounded picture of the man. It's being released on Kindle on the 7th and I have to say, I can't wait. Having said that though, it seems to be well-researched and gives the good, the bad and the ugly sides of Charles!
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Old 04-04-2017, 09:04 AM
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I guess you have to read the whole biography, without the 'benefit' of Daily Fail cherry picking, to get a rounded picture of the man. It's being released on Kindle on the 7th and I have to say, I can't wait. Having said that though, it seems to be well-researched and gives the good, the bad and the ugly sides of Charles!
Agree Curry, I think it might get be a good idea to stop posting links to the DM on this book as they aren't helping the discussion. Let's all keep an open mind until it's available to make up our own minds about.
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Old 04-04-2017, 10:13 AM
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I guess you have to read the whole biography, without the 'benefit' of Daily Fail cherry picking, to get a rounded picture of the man. It's being released on Kindle on the 7th and I have to say, I can't wait. Having said that though, it seems to be well-researched and gives the good, the bad and the ugly sides of Charles!
To earn the opinion of it being a balanced biography then it should have the good, the bad, the ugly of its individual. Let us know your impressions Curryong.
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Her books are well-sourced. I would imagine she sleeps very well since she brings a great deal of clarity to muddy waters imo.

Was Diana's Morton book a pastiche? Just wondering.

This is an example of what Bedell Smith clarifies: Diana claimed she was a lamb to the slaughter, among other things. Would you not want to know what people present at the time saw? Consider these sourced quotes -
All of the quotes you mention have been written before, and are in different books, by others. Nothing new here. A round up, compilation, or pastiche of what's been published, as Dman also mentioned
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I don't know what to make of this biography. Some excerpts are positive towards Charles and others are absolutely brutal.
I am reading other excerpts and what I see is a serious, well-researched book, giving a sensitive, grounded portrayal of the man.

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I guess you have to read the whole biography, without the 'benefit' of Daily Fail cherry picking, to get a rounded picture of the man. It's being released on Kindle on the 7th and I have to say, I can't wait. Having said that though, it seems to be well-researched and gives the good, the bad and the ugly sides of Charles!
I agree, but what is being given is an insightful exploration regarding how Charles was shaped via his experiences. It makes him very accessible imo.

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Agree Curry, I think it might get be a good idea to stop posting links to the DM on this book as they aren't helping the discussion. Let's all keep an open mind until it's available to make up our own minds about.
Disagree. The links are great. Those who get upset easily just need to not click on the links. Problem solved.

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All of the quotes you mention have been written before, and are in different books, by others. Nothing new here. A round up, compilation, or pastiche of what's been published, as Dman also mentioned.
Why sourcing other books would be a negative is a puzzle. Biographers do that all the time. It's how a particular biographer uses the information (quotes and all) that can be very different from other biographers, and in this instance, I believe we have a very gifted writer and an astute biographer. No matter that quotes and incidents were in other books, it's how she has woven them into the tapestry of the narrative of Charles' life, giving us insight that the other books did not. So doing, she has given us a valuable document imo.

I just read an excerpt in Vanity Fair: The Lonely Heir: Inside the Isolating Boarding School Days of Prince Charles | Vanity Fair

From what I read I feel I have a better understanding of how Charles was shaped into the man he is. I've ordered the book and look forward to the read.
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I actually purchased the book. I enjoyed her biography of the Queen back from a few years ago. The Charles book is very similar. The order is chronological. Where I am at is Charles leaving the Navy. What stood out so far to me was the lack of friends that Charles developed from school and university. Basically it was Richard Charteis and another guy. That's quite different from what happened to William.
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I think I will but the book eventually. I have Bedell's book on the queen and I enjoyed it immensely. From what I've read of few bits here and there it is supposed to be an interesting bio. I've never been more eager to know more about Charles.
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This new biography of Charles is definitely on my "must buy" list when it hits my used books for dirt cheap website so that may be a while.

Sally Bedell Smith isn't a person that writes solely for sensational and gossipy information about her subjects. She very thoroughly researches every little bit of information and its packaged in a very easy to read format.

I adored her book on Elizabeth II and I liked how she did Diana's from an emotional viewpoint of a troubled woman. I'm staying away from any "links" that present what they want to present as I want to form my own opinion of the book if and when I do read it.

Charles does totally fascinate me. He's a complex man with a lot of hidden depths to him, very intelligent and a very astute businessman.
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I intend to read the book, although I find it hard to imagine there's anything in it that hasn't already been said.

There's just so much written about Charles.
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To be absolutely honest, I found the best way to get to know Charles, the man was to read his own books. I absolutely love his Harmony.
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This bio is not too dear on Amazon Kindle. I've also read it and am going over the earlier chapters again. What does come over loud and clear is the very different personality of Charles from his parents, the adoration of his grandmother the Queen Mother and the misery of his schooldays, and that doesn't just mean Gordonstoun.
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Old 04-10-2017, 04:59 PM
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Prince Charles Biography - Sally Bedell Smith Prince Charles Book

"Prince Charles won't step aside for William to be King"
"And he'll insist that Camilla is Queen, says Sally Bedell Smith ,who spend four years working on a biography of the Orince of Wales"
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Old 04-10-2017, 05:12 PM
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Nothing new with that information. Actually, short of shooting himself in the foot and relinquishing his place as heir to the throne, its unthinkable by any rational person that Charles would step down in favor of William.

There's been well written articles lately about the subject of Camilla being Queen when Charles ascends and the only "say" Charles may have in the whole ball of wax is use the prerogative of the monarch and acclaim that Camilla, as Queen, will "be known as" something else.

No big stories or earth breaking news at all.
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"In some ways, it’s a doddle being a monarchist. The case is so straightforward. We must have a symbolic head of state but we don’t want that person to also be the leader of the Government. So in the interests of dignity and continuity, we respect the crown. Easy-peasy. In other ways, it’s more difficult — for example, when there’s a new royal biography.
Veteran Vanity Fair journalist Sally Bedell Smith has just published a new book, Prince Charles — The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, a 600-page slab claimed to be the first major biography of the Prince of Wales in more than two decades (presumably harking back to Jonathan Dimbleby’s authorised moanathon of 1995).
Bedell Smith maintains that, since she’s a royalist herself, the book is a “sympathetic portrait”. However, these two words do not sort well together for the simple reason that the more closely portrayed Prince Charles is, the less sympathetic we feel towards him. "

David Sexton: The more you know, the odder HRH Prince Charles appears | London Evening Standard
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Just to get into the spirit of things, here's an article with a slide show with 13 fascinating facts you didn't know about the royal family gleaned from Smith's new biography of Charles. I knew most of them.


https://www.aol.com/article/lifestyl...aphy/22035857/
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