Tina Brown was 25 when she became editor-in-chief of England's' oldest glossy, The Tatler, reviving the nearly defunct 270 year old magazine with an attitude and style that gave it a 300 percent circulation rise. She went on to become editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, and won four National Magazine Awards. In 1992 she became the first female editor of the New Yorker where she raised circulation by 145 percent on the newsstand and was honored with 4 George Polk Awards, 5 Overseas Press Club Awards, and 10 National Magazine Awards, including a 1995 award for General Excellence, the first in the magazine's history. Ms. Brown was awarded C.B.E. (Commander of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth in 2000. She is married to Sir Harold Evans. The couple have two children and reside in New York.
Tina Brown's long-awaited biography of Princess Diana is read by the author-a British legend in her own right. Brown's recital is colorful but limited by her rushed, occasionally slurred delivery, which detracts from her prose. The abridged version of the book hits the high notes of this lengthy bio, offering a condensed but worthwhile version of Diana's journey toward British royalty and her eventual tragic end. But as a reader, Brown hurries through even this shorter version, occasionally dropping syllables or speeding through phrases that are thus nearly incomprehensible. On other occasions, she carefully enunciates each syllable, emphasizing her British diction but rendering her reading more actress performance than nuanced reading. Simultaneous release with the Doubleday hardcover (reviewed online). (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Few modern women have been more adored, more loved, more photographed, and more written about than Princess Diana. Yet according to Brown, former editor in chief of Tatler magazine, "England's golden child" struggled with psychic scars from childhood emotional traumas that were impacted by life in the tabloid-driven fish bowl that is the British royal family. The author has brought her journalistic experience and extensive Rolodex of contacts to bear on the late princess; she reexamines the tumultuous life of the woman the world thought it knew. Brown's book depicts a Diana who is more than a porcelain saint; her collusions with the media proved to be her undoing. Her championing of the less-fortunate is juxtaposed with her treatment of her staff and stepmother alongside her mercurial relationships with her mother, her former sister-in-law, Fergie, and men, single and married. Along with her English accent and actress's timing, Rosalyn Landor brings a cadenced elegance to the reading that is further enhanced by her beautiful diction and rich dramatizations. Containing entertainment as well as some journalistic value, this gossipy tramp through a life picked over too much will be in demand; recommended to libraries with medium to large collections of pop culture and biography.-David Faucheux, Louisiana Audio Information & Reading Svc., Lafayette Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
PRAISE FOR THE DIANA CHRONICLES
"Amazingly detailed . . . Brown's jam-packed, juicy roll in the
high cotton is...a walloping good read."
"[An] insanely readable and improbably profound new biography."
--Chicago Tribune "Intensely well researched and an unputdownable read."
--Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren "It's Dianamite!"
--Tom Wolfe "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 "[Tina Brown] tells the story fluently, with engrossing detail on every page, and with the mastery of tone that made her Tatler famous for being popular with the people it was laughing at."
--The New Yorker "The Diana Chronicles, by Tina Brown, former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, peels many layers of...mystery away and even makes the old horror stories of [Diana's] life seem fresh...Brown gives them new vigor, with insights based on her own exhaustive research and a wickedly canny, celebrity-trained eye for detail."
--Boston Globe "The book's greatest attraction...is its sheer wealth of detail, by turns salacious, vinegary, depressing, and hilarious...a psychodrama, a morality play, a pageant of recklessness and revenge, of passion and pity, of loneliness and looniness."
--The Wall Street Journal "The Diana Chronicles...has enough of Diana's hairpin personality turns, emotional drops, and gleeful summits to be a Disneyland thrill ride...Brown reminds us of her instantly intimate, magical presence."
--Los Angeles Times