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Battle of Brothers by Robert Lacey

Battle of Brothers

William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult

Robert Lacey

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2 reviews

Imprint: William Collins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 15 Oct 2020
ISBN: 9780008408510

'THE ROYAL BOOK OF THE YEAR ... You've read their side of the story, now read the real story' Daily Mail THIS CRISIS IS AS BIG AS THE ABDICATION - SAYS LACEY, HISTORICAL ADVISOR TO THE CROWN.

3 stars out of 5
18 Oct 2020

"A portrayal of the royal heir and the spare rebalances our perceptions of both"

Royal biographers are prone to some bad habits: heavy reliance on newspaper accounts, few named sources and too much flowery prose. Lacey falls into all these traps. He has spoken to palace insiders, but most of the named sources are journalists. The writing is breathy — “whisper it!” he commands the reader at one point — and he’s too indulgent on the adjectives: reporters are “tireless”; nannies “beloved”. The book will nonetheless find a happy home among royal obsessives.

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2 stars out of 5
Melanie Reid
15 Oct 2020

"Lacey’s book is rushed, frequently pompous — why on earth should Meghan have to show off her baby post-partum? — and padded with stuff we have read a million times."

Any review of contemporary royal books needs a disclaimer: they all deal in the unverifiable, upmarket gossip of our favourite soap opera. That said, Robert Lacey is one of the better commentators, and he has written this from the credible modern perspective of two unhappy boys whose parents didn’t love each other and who fought excruciatingly intimate battles in public... The trouble with royal pop history is that by reading it we are complicit. The appeal is to our base instinct: compelling, guilt-inducing gossip. Lacey’s book is rushed, frequently pompous — why on earth should Meghan have to show off her baby post-partum? — and padded with stuff we have read a million times.