Diana by Julie Burchill
In the early hours of 31 August 1997, a spirited, compassionate and beautiful woman – who just happened to be the most famous woman in the world – died as a result of a high-speed car chase through the streets of Paris, pursued by the paparazzi who so dominated her life.
How did this happen? How did a shy Sloane kindergarten teacher from the heart of England with no visible talents come to conquer the world in a manner which would make John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe look like little more than hometown heroes? The answers are sought in this book, part love story, part document of our times.
Julie Burchill has written about and observed Diana with fascination for many years and first coined the phrase ‘the People’s Princess’, which has become such a powerful shorthand slogan for all Diana stood for.
Julie Burchill has been a journalist from the age of seventeen. Since then she has worked for or contributed to most of the major newspapers and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic and in continental Europe. She has written novels and non-fiction which have been translated into a dozen languages; she has also written stage and television screen plays. In 1998 she published her autobiography I Knew I was Right, as well as her latest novel. She was Editor-in-Chief of the magazine The Modern Review and is a columnist for The Guardian’s weekend section.