Prince Harry : Brother, Soldier, Son Hardback
by Penny Junor
This is the Prince Harry you've never read about before.
Published in celebration of his thirtieth birthday, this is the story behind the tabloid stories.
The Prince who has the power to make or break. The maverick Prince, who is brilliant, impetuous and unpredictable.
The Prince who with his unique talents, charm and bloody-minded determination is changing lives across the world.
But the Prince who could, in a moment of madness, bring it all crashing down.
He is the redhead that Diana called 'the spare', whose childhood was one of chaos and loss; the little boy walking behind his mother's cortege who broke our hearts.
This is the story of how he survived the loss and chaos; how he lived in the shadow of his older, cleverer, more important brother - until suddenly he discovered there was something he could do better than almost anyone.
This is the story of how the troubled teenager grew into a leader of men, a soldier, a pilot, an adventurer and a passionate champion of those who are in danger of being destroyed or forgotten. Written with the help of many of the most important people in his life, this is the first authoritative biography of this most delightful, charismatic and dangerous of the Queen's grandsons.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 384 pages, 2 x 8pg colour insets
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 11/09/2014
- Category: Biography: royalty
- ISBN: 9781444777925
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Review by VivienneR
Junor is familiar with the details of royal personages so well-qualified to write this biography of Prince Harry. As in most writing about anyone near to her, Princess Diana was mentioned often, maybe too often in the first quarter of the book, although much of it was necessary to describe the prince's upbringing. When describing events around stories that hit the headlines, Junor was able to add enough details to cast a different light on things. My biggest criticism of the book was that I couldn't keep track of who was speaking and often had to double back to the first mention. Overall, I thought it well-done, balanced, and written without any blatant partiality or prejudice. Harry seems to have turned out the kind of son any parent (or grandparent) would be proud of: courteous, considerate, hard-working and loyal. As Junor says "Harry sprinkles fairy dust wherever he goes. He charms and delights and leaves the room a better place for his having been there. And, to children, he's like the Pied Piper." This isn't any different to what I already believed, but Junor provided the nitty gritty details to back it up. I enjoyed this book.