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Old 06-08-2021, 12:02 PM
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Oh I wouldn't say that. I'd say that in a couple of months they have been very very vocal and busy at thier new role of talking about the RF. Meghan not so much but she's been pregnant....


I agree with that. They’ve definitely devoted considerable time and energy to bashing the family.

I just don’t classify that as real work.
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Old 06-08-2021, 12:05 PM
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The Sun had an amusing headline today "Earache Break for World: Harry to take 5 months orf" which yes it's The Sun but it seems to be the general idea of what they're taking time off from. They may well have projects on the go, and Harry has his Impact officer job but he wasn't full time or anything.

They clearly have the money and desire to spend time concentrating on their growing family and that's really great for them but I think a lot of people are a little bemused by the idea that it's a big deal, which is what some articles are pushing how "Harry and Meghan are leading the way on family focused life." Because the public don't see what might be keeping them professionally busy on a day to day basis except interviews about his family.

Here's the rather scathing Telegraph review of The Bench mentioned above for those who aren't subscribers:

https://archive.ph/Uhgqw

And The Times. That picture from The Times review show that they very, very clearly want you to know the book is written by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, even just by looking at the spine:

https://archive.ph/72A8T
Ouch. Those are absolutely brutal reviews. I'll be honest, I have absolutely no intention of purchasing nor reading this book for a number of reasons, including the fact that my children are all in their tweens and teens so we've moved past the picture book years. But my goodness, the reviews are scathing and based on the quoted snippets, it's easy to see why.
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Old 06-08-2021, 12:07 PM
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I looked at Amazon UK and the results were either high praise or one star awful. Numerous UK. reviewers commented on the awful grammar.

Here is another quote from the Telegraph “ One wonders how any publisher could have thought fit to publish this grammar-defying set of badly rhyming cod homilies, let alone think any child anywhere would want to read it.“


Oh my....the extremity of the reviews, so far, are notable.

Wow. That is a very strongly worded negative review. They hated every aspect of it. Though it does speak to a thought I’d had: not everyone can just up and write a good quality book.

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Here's the rather scathing Telegraph review of The Bench mentioned above for those who aren't subscribers:

https://archive.ph/Uhgqw

And The Times. That picture from The Times review show that they very, very clearly want you to know the book is written by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, even just by looking at the spine:

https://archive.ph/72A8T


Thank you. These are scathing in their entirety.

There does seem to be the feeling of deliberate swipes taken at the royal family from the examples they noted. I believe a bike story was included.

What little I read sounds a bit like a poetic lecture in how to parent. Which I find annoying personally.

It sure isn’t a book for kids. Why it is called a children’s book is beyond me.

If the excerpts included are basically how the book itself reads...I’m glad it wasn’t my job to actually have to read the whole thing and review it. And I love to read.
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Old 06-08-2021, 12:47 PM
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Thank you. These are scathing in their entirety.

There does seem to be the feeling of deliberate swipes taken at the royal family from the examples they noted. I believe a bike story was included.

What little I read sounds a bit like a poetic lecture in how to parent. Which I find annoying personally.

It sure isn’t a book for kids. Why it is called a children’s book is beyond me.

If the excerpts included are basically how the book itself reads...I’m glad it wasn’t my job to actually have to read the whole thing and review it. And I love to read.
Most of the reviews point out that normally in a children's book about bonds with parents the books are written from the child's POV for obvious reasons. One of the reviews said it's for parents who are still all gooey about having a baby which makes sense if it was written just after Archie was born.

And that bike! I feel like taking out a billboard in Montecito full of Charles and baby Harry on bikes! It's my personal petty bugbear out of all this.
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Old 06-08-2021, 01:25 PM
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Most of the reviews point out that normally in a children's book about bonds with parents the books are written from the child's POV for obvious reasons. One of the reviews said it's for parents who are still all gooey about having a baby which makes sense if it was written just after Archie was born.



And that bike! I feel like taking out a billboard in Montecito full of Charles and baby Harry on bikes! It's my personal petty bugbear out of all this.


Thanks. That’s interesting.

I guess they’d have to be really gooey from my POV. Lol

When I read the few excerpts and thought it came across to me as lecturing parents- it also occurred to me that it’s not the first time Harry and Meghan have struck me that way with their tone. (I can’t think of a specific older example, but I have thought that. ) What I read sounded like: child says does x/ parent should respond y. The tutu example REALLY stood out.
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Old 06-08-2021, 01:32 PM
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I found a quite positive review in the Evening Standard.
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Old 06-08-2021, 01:34 PM
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The only thing the books reminds me of was what my Creative Writing lecturer told us on Day One. The mark of a good musician is when they know they are out of tune as much as knowing when others are, the same can be said about writer. A good writer knows when they are writing cr*p, a bad writer always thinks they are Hemingway.
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It's my personal petty bugbear out of all this.
Totally and completely off the subject but can I just say that this is my new favorite word/phrase? I've only ever heard this used by friends and acquaintances from the UK and it makes me chuckle every time.

I receive monthly emails from Penguin Random House with the "books you won't want to miss" for the month. I just received it and, unsurprisingly, this book is included in the email highlight. It doesn't say any more than the already circulated press blurb but I found it interesting, though not surprising, how hard they appear to be pushing it.
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Old 06-08-2021, 03:15 PM
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Thanks. That’s interesting.

I guess they’d have to be really gooey from my POV. Lol

When I read the few excerpts and thought it came across to me as lecturing parents- it also occurred to me that it’s not the first time Harry and Meghan have struck me that way with their tone. (I can’t think of a specific older example, but I have thought that. ) What I read sounded like: child says does x/ parent should respond y. The tutu example REALLY stood out.
I think it's quite preachy from the recaps I've read. Even the Telegraph snarked on the presumption from her that "little boys who put on a tutu for fun clearly need a lot support". There probably is a market for that though and clearly the illustrations are lovely.

I get the impression that it's a poem that probably was a very sweet gift for father's day but doesn't necessarily translate into a good book for other people/kids. Of course YMMV.

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Totally and completely off the subject but can I just say that this is my new favorite word/phrase? I've only ever heard this used by friends and acquaintances from the UK and it makes me chuckle every time.
Heh, it's a good word.
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Apparently Charles and Harry are talking more these days. That along with the recent article of Harry being invited to spend time with HMQ, maybe the arrival of Lili has soften things.

We shall see once he returns to the UK in a few weeks.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/royal-fa...ources-reveal/

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...urce-says.html
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Harry and Meghan have been moved below Edward and Sophie on the official royal website. They were originally listed above them. It is interesting that they are still listed above Princess Alexandra because she is a working royal. Can someone explain the placement?
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Old 06-09-2021, 09:23 AM
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I didn’t want to detail the baby thread- but other posters made a good point there that the title of the book isn’t on the spine. Just “Meghan, Duchess of Sussex”. Well- that is THE selling point. It is unusual though.

ETA- let me amend this- apparently the emphasis is on her name, but the title is duly noted.
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I didn’t want to detail the baby thread- but other posters made a good point there that the title of the book isn’t on the spine. Just “Meghan, Duchess of Sussex”. Well- that is THE selling point. It is unusual though.
I should have posted this here instead of the baby name thread:

Looking back at the announcement I laughed when I saw they’d released it with the monogram. And the spine of Megan’s book didn’t even include the title. Literally every book I’ve ever seen (with the exception of very old books) has the title of the book written in large font with the author’s name in smaller font. It is blatantly obvious that they care very much about their titles and connection to the RF that they’ve been bashing for months. I guess nobody ever told them “don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”

Thanks, Erin9!
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Looking back at the announcement I laughed when I saw they’d released it with the monogram. And the spine of Megan’s book didn’t even include the title. Literally every book I’ve ever seen (with the exception of very old books) has the title of the book written in large font with the author’s name in smaller font. It is blatantly obvious that they care very much about their titles and connection to the RF that they’ve been bashing for months. I guess nobody ever told them “don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”
I am not sure that is true. The pictures seemed to only include the upper part of the book (which you can decipher if you compare it to the front. You see a little bird in the tree; which is rather high up and not at the bottom; so my guess is the spine does include the title as well.
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I am not sure that is true. The pictures seemed to only include the upper part of the book (which you can decipher if you compare it to the front. You see a little bird in the tree; which is rather high up and not at the bottom; so my guess is the spine does include the title as well.
It does include the title but it's barely visible. There are methods and tactics to make sure that the accent is on the title and not the author. They weren't employed here. The name of the author is considerably longer than the title, so it should have been made brighter or at least in considerably bigger letters or an interesting, eye-catching font. The title is what should stand out to help you find the book on the bookshelf. I really didn't see it in the beginning - it's short and small enough and to make it worse, it's in a subdued hue. Which just means that someone failed to bring the accent to the title and chose to place it on the name. Such mistakes are never accidental. They're an intentional effect.

The pictures make it clear that there is no room to make the title bigger because Meghan's name is printed in big size and takes up all the "height" in the spine already.
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I didn’t want to detail the baby thread- but other posters made a good point there that the title of the book isn’t on the spine. Just “Meghan, Duchess of Sussex”. Well- that is THE selling point. It is unusual though.
That is very much a lie. I saw the book yesterday and Meghan, the illustrator and the title are all on the spine. I don't get why people say things very easily disproven.
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That is very much a lie. I saw the book yesterday and Meghan, the illustrator and the title are all on the spine. I don't get why people say things very easily disproven.
That's a good point. Why would anyone say things publicly that are so easily disproven? Maybe we should ask Harry and Meghan?
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That is very much a lie. I saw the book yesterday and Meghan, the illustrator and the title are all on the spine. I don't get why people say things very easily disproven.


I fixed my post based on information provided later. What the other poster could see in the photo was just her name. (I think that was the basis for their comment anyway.) Which is what I responded to.

I’m more than willing to amend things as necessary. It wasn’t INTENTIONAL on my part. I wasn’t aware. I haven’t run out to the bookstore to see the book….
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That's a good point. Why would anyone say things publicly that are so easily disproven? Maybe we should ask Harry and Meghan?
Then ask them but so far I haven't seem people really disprove them. Just counter with their own opinions. Which is why this discussion is still ongoing.
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