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©2003, 2004 Paul Burrell; (P)2007 W F Howes Ltd.
Surprisingly interesting. I enjoyed this book more then I expected. I thought it would be some what controversial due to the publicity it gained during its release (think: bad mouthing of the royal family and them being portrayed as cold and some what heartless). It was infact the opposite, Paul obviously had the upmost respect for the royal family and revealed a more of the warmth and kindness the royal family unforchantly keep hidden from the public. This book is one man's tribute to Diana that will be, no doubt,referenced for years to come history. Why Paul became a hated figure in the uk, for so long when he first released this book over ten years ago, i will never know. I guess they didn't read the book first?
Paul Burrell and family has in my view has been through so much that we other mortals would have fallen into a deep depression. He has done more than any other employee would for their employer. He deserves our respect for his loyalty to Diana and the other royals. He seems to have given the royals his life and got nothing but disloyalty and hate in return. Diana was a unique person who deserves this tribute from a caring, loyal man as Paul. Good luck to him, he deserves our support. Paul is so easy to listen to, well done Paul Cant wait for the next book.
I liked the apparent honesty of Burrell's description of circumstances and events.
It's a compelling story, about one of the most interesting figures of the 20th century.
No one seems to come out of this unscathed, but it seems clear where Burrell's sympathies lie. I think what struck me most was his enduring loyalty to HM The Queen and the clear insight into her as a sane and highly intelligent woman.
Wife, mother, reader. Preferred genres include psychological fact and fiction, comedy and (auto)biography.
I first read this tell-all royal tale back in 2005 when I was on holiday. It's full of camp bon mots and first class toadying. Burrell narrates his own book and there are some excellent 'accidental Partridge' quotes in there, such as 'Richard Madeley really understood' and 'Amanda Barrie offered me accommodation'. High camp fun!
There's a saying along the lines of "Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."
Paul Burrell spends over 400 pages describing innumerable instances in which he believed he served as Diana's faultless knight in shining armor. He repeatedly uses words such as "heroic" and "discrete" (!) to describe himself, which struck me as increasingly strange as the book plodded on. Also, Paul has a wife and family but yet states clearly that his loyalty was/is foremost to Diana - all day, every day.
It doesn't someone who's studied psychology (which I have, I should add) to realize Paul Burrell (and Diana, to be honest) have some issues. Most likely, codependency.
Don't read this book if you're hoping to learn a great deal about Princess Diana. If self-congratulatory butlers are your thing, though, this is the book for you.
"Really enjoyed it!"
This was my first story on the Royals. I was really impressed with the lively narration and the concise, but detailed story line. I enjoyed learning about the "servant" side of the story too and how life was for Paul in the Queen's service. I found him very loyal and respectful in telling his story. I hope that this author produces more books on the subject or even on other subjects. He is a great writer and a very good narrator. I enjoyed this a lot.
"A Royal Duty"
A facinating insight to a very private and public family. It changed my opinion on quite a few things. Paul Burrell did an outstanding job.
"cringe worthy adulatory rambling"
It depends...reading a book, or even more intimately, listening to a book narrated by Paul Burrell is like listening to a relative ranting about politics and life.
Something by Kitty Kelley
His personality. He's a piece of work.
I feel like I dipped a toe into a pool of unsavory tell-all instead of memoir that I was hoping to read. So much drama and conflict and rationalization. It's exhausting.
The last few chapters about his motivation and justification for writing the book were embarrassing. And bizarre.
"Excellent first person account."
History as told by the most intimate of first person accounts. Paul Burrell was The Princesses friend, counselor, and protector. Just a great story.
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it is too bad that I didn't get to know you l for me
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