The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor [NOOK Book]

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It would be hard to invent a group of personalities more extraordinary than the British Royal Family – known as 'The Firm' by Prince Philip. With an eye on the past, present and future, this book takes a look at how the family really operates and reveals how they behave behind closed doors.This ebook is made from the 2009 edition.With showbiz stars and sporting celebrities now attracting the adulation once afforded to royalty, The Firm questions what monarchy is for.Is it a hangover from the past, an expensive ...
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The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor

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Overview

It would be hard to invent a group of personalities more extraordinary than the British Royal Family – known as 'The Firm' by Prince Philip. With an eye on the past, present and future, this book takes a look at how the family really operates and reveals how they behave behind closed doors.This ebook is made from the 2009 edition.With showbiz stars and sporting celebrities now attracting the adulation once afforded to royalty, The Firm questions what monarchy is for.Is it a hangover from the past, an expensive anachronism, a relic of a bygone age of deference and hierarchy, or is it an important and relevant part of Britain in the 21st century – something that gives stability and continuity to the country, and richness and glamour to our national life in ways that a republic never could? If so, do the media mock, hound and criticize the Royal Family at their peril? Has Prince Charles sacrificed the throne for love? Could Prince William decide that the long lenses and the scrutiny of his private life is too high a price to pay?Penny will also look at how the dynamics of the royal household have changed over the last year and what repercussions these changes will have. Whilst in the hardback edition Penny Junor was able to discuss the implications of Charles and Camilla's marriage only two months after it was announced, the paperback promises to offer a host of new surprises and implication for the future of the House of Windsor, as well as an inside view of how The Firm have taken in their newest member.Whatever happens over the next year, we can be sure that Penny will update this paperback edition to make it an essential buy for anyone who has even a passing interest in Britain's most dysfunctional and fascinating family.

Penny Junor is a frequent commentator on the Royal Family on TV and in the press. She is the author of a number of bestselling royal and political biographies.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Readers of this interesting and occasionally jaw-dropping look at the world's most famous dysfunctional family will find plenty to engage them. Journalist and royal biographer Junor (Charles: Victim or Villain; Diana, Princess of Wales) tells the reader that "the Queen believes that with few exceptions everything that has gone wrong for the monarchy in the last twenty years has been attributable to Mrs. Parker Bowles." And the reason Prince Harry wore a Nazi uniform to a costume party? "Today's young are blissfully unaware of history (some of them aren't even taught it in our schools)." The reader comes away from the book feeling that had this family ever actually sat down and talked to one another a lot of their very public misfortunes might have been avoided. However, Junor doesn't just dish the dirt. She goes to a great deal of trouble to explain how "The Firm" works (and the queen, Princes Philip and Charles, and Princess Anne work very hard indeed) and at what actual cost to the nation. Given the Royal Family's frequent appearance in the headlines, this work is sure to be in demand. Highly recommended for all public libraries.-Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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"… a solid analysis of the monarchy." —Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007393336
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/30/2014
  • Sold by: Harper Collins UK
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: ePub edition
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 66,316
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Penny Junor is a writer and broadcaster. She is the author of previous best-selling biographies of both the Prince and the Princess of Wales, and two British Prime Ministers. For many years she presented ‘The Travel Show’ on BBC2, and Channel 4’s consumer programme ‘For What It’s Worth’. She is married with four children and lives in Wiltshire.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2006

    Another 'hurray' for Charles!

    Penny Junor seems to be propping up the House of Windsor. Charles is spoiled and she goes to great lengths to explain that he isn't close to his parents and a lot of the fault lies with Diana. Camilla is explained as just a friend although Junor does admit that Charles' interview admitting adultery was not one of his best moves. All in all this is just another author trying to climb on the Royal Family bandwagon. I wish I hadn't bought it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Warning!!! This is not a new book. It was published in 2005 and hasn't been updated.

    The book seems fine but is sadly out of date.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 7, 2009

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