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Books About Princess Diana

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Categories: General, Feminist & Controversial Biographies, Love Affairs,Family, Friends & Employees, Fashion, Diana Dolls, Diana Collectibles,Death, Mourning, Media & Society, Conspiracy Theories, Fiction, After-Life, Photos & Tributes, Children’s Books, Coloring Books & Paper Dolls, CDs, DVDs, Charles, William & Harry, Other Windsors, British Royal History

Books About Princess Diana’s Life

Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words by Andrew Morton is an updated edition of the book Princess Diana secretly helped Morton write in 1992. It contains transcripts of tapes in which Princess Diana talks frankly about her life and her relationship with Prince Charles. Princess Diana even helped to pick the pictures that illustrate the book. New chapters cover Princess Diana’s last years, her romance with Dodi Fayed, and her tragic death.

Diana: In Pursuit of Love by Andrew Morton. An updated version of Morton’s 2004 book about the last years of Princess Diana’s life, based on interviews with friends, advisers, and colleagues. This edition published in 2013.

Diana by Sarah Bradford. With “exclusive access to those closest to Diana,” the author tries to cast aside gossip and lies to separate the myth from the truth of the Diana years.

Diana: The Intimate Portrait by Judy Wade. Diana’s friends describe how she cleaned her own bath and worried about her weight; planned to marry a man who shared her desire to help the suffering; and had a violent row with Dodi Fayed just before they died. (This is an updated version of Wade’s previous book “Diana: The Truth.”)

Diana: Story of a Princess by Tim Clayton and Phil Craig. Unbiased biography, based on a ITV/The Learning Channel documentary series.

The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown. According to this biography, Princess Diana “felt the need to break out of her royal cage into celebrity culture, where she found her own power and used it to devastating effect.” The author knew Diana personally.

Diana’s Secret London: An Extraordinary Journey Retracing Step-by-Step the Hidden Streets of Princess Diana’s Capital by Glenn Harvey and Mark Saunders. Photos of sites associated with Diana’s life, with maps and directions that readers can follow.

Female Force: Princess Diana by Chris Arrant. Biography of Princess Diana in comic book format.

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Feminist & Controversial

Diana by Julie Burchill. A feminist biography that focuses on Diana’s lonely childhood and tortured marriage. Very critical of the royal family and sympathetic to Diana, while not ignoring her faults.

Diana in Search of Herself: Portrait of a Troubled Princess by Sally Bedell Smith. Controversial because it portrays Diana as manipulative and possibly unbalanced.

The Queen & Di: The Untold Story by Ingrid Seward. We’ve all heard that they didn’t get along. But was the Queen really a cold and unforgiving mother-in-law? Not according to this book, which claims the Queen did her best to welcome Diana into the royal family.

Books About Princess Diana’s Love Affairs

Diana: Her Last Love by Kate Snell. About Diana’s relationship with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.

Love and War by James Hewitt. The author reveals the details of his lengthy affair with Princess Diana. Out of print, but available from Alibris.

Princess in Love by Anna Pasternak. Another account of Diana’s romance with James Hewitt, published while Diana was still alive. From Alibris.

Diana and Dodi: A Love Story by Rene Delorm and Nadine Taylor. Delorm, who worked for Dodi Fayed, witnessed Diana and Dodi’s romance as it unfolded. Out of print, but available at Alibris.

Diana’s Family

Frances: The Remarkable Story of Princess Diana’s Mother by Max Riddington, Gavan Nade. Biography of Princess Diana’s mother, Frances Shand Kydd, based on interviews with her. Includes previously unseen photographs.

The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales by Richard K. Evans. This genealogy book traces Diana’s ancestors from the British Isles, northern and eastern Europe, the United States, and the Far East.

Diana’s Rebel Heritage: Five Centuries of Scandal and Defiance by Gail Douglas. For over 400 years, Princess Diana’s female ancestors built fortunes, wielded political power, set fashion trends, and suffered through scandals, heartbreaks and public scrutiny.

The Spencers

Blood Royal: The Spencers and the Royals by John Pearson. How the Spencers attained their power, how they wielded it, and the bitter twist of fate by which they achieved their greatest dynastic marriage — the union of Diana Spencer with the Prince of Wales.

The Spencers: A Personal History of an English Family by Charles Spencer. The Spencer family has had close ties to British royalty for at least 500 years. This history was written by Diana’s brother, the ninth Earl Spencer. From Alibris.

The First Lady Diana: Lady Diana Spencer 1710-1735 by Victoria Massey. The first Lady Diana was a granddaughter of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough (a powerful favorite of Queen Anne). The duchess tried and failed to arrange a marriage between Diana and the then-Prince of Wales. Like her 20th century namesake, Lady Diana lived at Althorp and died tragically young.

Improper Pursuits: The Scandalous Life of an Earlier Lady Diana Spencer by Carola Hicks. This Lady Diana (1735-1808) gave up her role as lady-in-waiting to the queen for love. Out of print in the U.S., but available from Alibris.

Althorp: The Story of an English House by Charles Spencer. This account of Althorp, Princess Diana’s family seat, was written by Diana’s brother. He discusses the estate’s 500-year history, as well as Diana’s burial there. Available from Alibris.

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman. Fascinating biography of Princess Diana’s great-great-great-great-aunt Georgiana, who was involved in politics, wrote a novel, set fashion trends, became addicted to gambling, and was a friend of Marie Antoinette. Highly recommended.

Privilege and Scandal: The Remarkable Life of Harriet Spencer, Sister of Georgiana by Janet Gleeson. The first biography of Lady Harriet Spencer, one of the most glamorous and notorious aristocrats of the Regency period.

Elizabeth and Georgiana: The Duke of Devonshire and His Two Duchesses by Caroline Chapman and Jane Dormer. The story of one of history’s strangest love triangles. For 25 years, Lady Elizabeth Foster was the friend of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire; she was also the mistress of Georgiana’s husband. This book draws on Foster’s previously unpublished letters and journal entries. Out of print, but available from Alibris.

Emma, or The Unfortunate Attachment: A Sentimental Novel by Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Novel written by Princess Diana’s 18th century ancestor.

The Sylph by Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Another novel.

Books by People Who Knew Princess Diana

The Housekeeper’s Diary: Charles & Diana Before the Breakup by Wendy Berry. As housekeeper to Prince Charles and Princess Diana at their Highgrove mansion from 1985 until their 1992 separation, Berry witnessed the slow disintegration of their marriage. This book was banned in the United Kingdom.

Shadows of a Princess: An Intimate Account by Her Private Secretaryby P.D. Jephson. This highly controversial book has been condemned by Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and Prince William. It portrays Diana as scheming and manipulative.

Portraits of a Princess: Travels With Diana by Patrick Jephson, photographs by Kent Gavin. Looks behind-the-scenes at how press coverage for Princess Diana’s public trips was orchestrated. Includes 150 previously unpublished photos.

Diana: Closely Guarded Secret by Ken Wharfe and Robert Jobson. Wharfe, who served as the princess’s chief bodyguard for several years, discusses Diana’s relationship with her mother, her love affairs, and other little-known details of her life. Wharfe has praised Diana as a “warm-hearted and fun-loving woman” who “really did make a difference.”

Diana: The Last Word by Simone Simmons and Ingrid Seward. Simmons is an “energy healer” who treated Princess Diana and eventually became her personal friend. This book includes her claim that Diana had a one-night stand with John F. Kennedy Jr.

Diana: Her Transformation by Stephen Twigg. Written by Princess Diana’s body-mind therapist, “who was a participant in her transformation from unhappy young woman to powerful figure on the world stage.”

Diana’s Dreams: As Told to Her Dream Analyst by Joan Hanger. The author says she was invited to Kensington Palace to talk to Princess Diana about her dreams.

The Voice of Silence: A Life of Love, Healing and Inspiration; The Remarkable Story of Princess Diana’s Spiritual Guide by Oonagh Shanley-Toffolo. Autobiography of a former nun who was nurse to the Duke of Windsor and says she was Diana’s spiritual adviser.

Paul Burrell

A Royal Duty by Paul Burrell. Explosive allegations by Princess Diana’s trusted butler, including the claim that Diana predicted that someone would arrange her death in a car crash.

Deber Real by Paul Burrell. This is the Spanish-language version of “A Royal Duty.”

The Way We Were: Remembering Diana by Paul Burrell. Princess Diana’s butler provides a visual tour of Kensington Palace with previously unseen interior photographs. Topics discussed include Princess Diana’s amusing Hollywood relationships, her sisterhood with Sarah Ferguson, her happiness with ‘The One,’ and her relationship with Dodi Fayed.

In the Royal Manner: Expert Advice on Etiquette and Entertaining From the Former Butler to Diana, Princess of Wales by Paul Burrell. Burrell shares memories of Diana and recipes for some of her favorite dishes.

Princess Diana and Fashion

A Dress for Diana by David Emanuel and Elizabeth Emanuel. Designers David and Elizabeth Emmanuel reveal the story behind their creation of Princess Diana’s wedding dress. Includes photographs of the preparation and rehearsals.

Dressing Diana by Tim Graham. Very popular book with numerous color photos of Diana in her working wardrobe, diplomatic wardrobe, casual wardrobe, and more.

Diana: Fashion & Style by Beatrice Behlen and Joanna Marschner. Celebrates the development of Diana’s style with beautiful full-colour illustrations and authoritative text by Kensington Palace curators.

Diana; Her Life in Fashion by Georgina Howell. Includes 220 illustrations, 160 in color. Even if you’re not into fashion, you’ll find this book interesting and fun. Out of print, but available from Alibris.

Catherine Walker: An Autobiography by the Private Couteur to Diana, Princess of Wales by Catherine Walker and Liz Tilberis. Although primarily about the designer, this book is popular with Diana fans for its focus on Diana. Contains photos. From Alibris.

Princess Diana Collectibles

Diana, an Illustrated Collection and Price Guide: Porcelain Plates by Mary McMaster and Jose P. Torres. Detailed descriptions and current prices for Princess Diana commemorative porcelain plates.

Diana: Collecting on a Princess by Charles Nobles is an identification and price guide to books, plates, dolls, magazines and other types of commemoratives and memorabilia. Out of print, but sometimes available at Alibris.

More Royal Collecting Guides

Books About Princess Diana’s Death

The Bodyguard’s Story: Diana, the Crash, and the Sole Survivor by Trevor Rees-Jones and Moira Johnston. The long-awaited account by the sole survivor of the accident which claimed Princess Diana’s life. Rees-Jones provides an unusual, up-close and honest look at Diana’s last days and her relationship with Dodi Fayed. This book makes it clear that Fayed’s bodyguards did their best to protect the couple under difficult circumstances.

Diana: The Last Days by Martyn Gregory. An investigation into the circumstances of Princess Diana’s death. This is a revised and updated version of Gregory’s previous book The Diana Conspiracy Exposed. From Alibris.

The Day Diana Died by Christopher Andersen is a detailed account of the last day of Princess Diana’s life and what happened afterward. Gives interesting insight into Prince Charles’ true grief over Diana’s death and his mother’s seeming indifference. Out of print, but available from Alibris.

Tragic Accident With Princess Diana by Mark A. Babizhayev. Uses the car accident that took Princess Diana’s life as the main point of reference in an exploration of the effects of glare and visual disability on driving.

Public Mourning for Diana

Mourning Diana: Nation, Culture and the Performance of Grief edited by Adrian Kear and Deborah Lynn Steinberg. Explores the global reaction to Diana’s death.

Remembering Diana: Cultural Memory and the Reinvention of Authority by Victor Jeleniewski Seidler. Considers the public outpourings of grief at the death of Princess Diana.

The Mourning for Diana edited by Tony Walter. A collection of essays.

Interpreting Diana: Television Audiences and the Death of a Princessby Robert Turnock. Examines the role television played in providing news about the Princess of Wales’ death. The book explores why Diana’s death affected so many people and suggests that TV is integral to the way we think about the world around us.

After Diana: Irreverent Elegies is a collection of essays on the media frenzy surrounding Diana’s death.

Diana’s Mourning: A People’s History by James Thomas. The author questions the accuracy of media reports of widespread mourning for Princess Diana.

Diana: The Making of a Saint by Ted Harrison. How the death of a princess led to the birth of a cult.

Books About Diana, the Media, and Society

Conspiracy Theories

Princess Diana: The Hidden Evidence by Jon King and John Beveridge. Conspiracy theories about Diana’s death.

Cover-up of a Royal Murder by John Morgan. The author believes he has found hundreds of errors in the official Paget report into Princess Diana’s death.

The Murder of Princess Diana by Noel Botham. According to the publisher, “This shocking expose blows the lid off cover-ups… secrets are revealed, lies are exposed — and the truth about Diana’s death is brought to light.”

Fiction About Princess Diana

Untold Story: A Novel by Monica Ali. Inspired by Princess Diana, this is a novel about a fictional princess who fakes her own death.

Princess Diana: The Day She Didn’t Die by Heath Sample with Claire Hooper. Novel that imagines what might have happened if Diana had survived the car crash and continued her relationship with Dodi Fayed.

His Lovely Wife by Elizabeth Dewberry. When Ellen Baxter enters the Paris Ritz the day before Princess Diana dies, she is mistaken for Diana by the paparazzi. The next morning, after Diana’s death, Ellen hears Diana’s voice in her head and begins to understand the parallels between their lives.

The Accident Man by Tom Cain. Fiction thriller about a freelance mercenary who organizes a car crash in a Paris underpass, and discovers the real identity of his target too late.

Diana: The Ghost Biography by Emma Tennant and Hilary Bailey. A mysterious new royal employee arrives at Balmoral. She seems to know her way around the castle, dotes on princes William and Harry, and is eventually accused of spying on Charles and Camilla.

Whose Death in the Tunnel? A Tale of a Princess by Aaron McCallum Becker. A novel which suggests Diana did not really die.

A Life to Di For by Kay Kellam is a time travel novel about a reporter from the future who investigates Princess Diana’s death.

The Little White Car by Danuta de Rhodes. Fictional story that imagines what might have happened to the driver of the mysterious white Fiat Uno involved in the crash that killed Princess Diana.

12:23 – Paris, 31st August 1997 by Eoin McNamee. Fiction thriller. It’s August 1997. Princess Diana is visiting Paris. An international fixer puts a team in place to watch her, but soon more sinister forces are on the move.

Di and I by Peter Lefcourt. Silly novel about an ordinary man who has an affair with Diana and persuades her to run away with him (taking William and Harry with them). Published years before Diana’s death. From Alibris.

More Books

Photographs and Tributes
Diana and the After-Life
Books About World Royalty

Children’s Books About Princess Diana

Diana, Princess of Wales by Kristine Brennan. For ages 12 and up.

Learning About Charity From the Life of Princess Diana by Caroline M. Levchuck. For ages 9 to 12.

Diana, Princess of Wales – Humanitarian by Sherry Beck Paprocki. Biography of a woman who overcame personal turmoil to make lasting contributions to the world. Includes photos. For children ages 9 to 12.

Princess Diana by Joanne Mattern. Biography for children ages 9 to 12.

Diana, Princess of Wales by Haydn Middleton. A biography for ages 9 to 12.

Diana, Princess of Wales by Tim O’Shei. Biography for children ages 9 to 12.

Lady Diana, Princess of Wales by Beatrice Gormley. A book about Princess Diana’s childhood for children ages 9 to 12.

Coloring Books and Paper Dolls

Prince and Princess of Wales: A Royal Colouring Album by Peggy J. Howe, Norman Wobschall, and Marguerite Wobschall. A coloring book celebrating the royal couple’s courtship and marriage.

Diana, Princess of Wales Paper Doll: The Charity Auction Dresses by Tom Tierney. Shortly before her death, Princess Diana had many of her most famous gowns auctioned for charity.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles Fashion Paper Dolls in Full Color by Tom Tierney. Includes Diana’s wedding dress and other outfits she wore at that time.

Movies, Documentaries, Music

DVDs About Princess Diana
More British Royal DVDs
Musical Tributes to Diana

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