Diana Book review.*

Disclaimer: I was sent this by Chloe Moss at Carlton Books to review, at my own request. What follows is my honest opinion.
I’m too young to remember Princess Diana; my first real awareness, or even interest, in the Monarchy was with the marriage of Prince William to Catherine Middleton. But there’s just something about Diana; the ever present image staring from a book, the dresses, the charitable legacy.  I chose to review this book, because I was very curious.
There wasn’t anything specific about the way this book was packaged; it came as a parcel that was ‘Blogger mail’. But the way the book itself is presented is beautiful; as a photographic book, I love the cover, and how the cover is just bought together. (Is it called mis-en-scene?)
As a photography book, I was pleasantly surprised; there are many, many photos of Diana, William, Harry-even the modern day monarchy. The way that this has been laid out brings Diana and her influence full circle.
At times, I feel that the content was a little bit biased in favour of Diana; it could have been a little bit more factual. But what makes this volume truly illuminating is that their are personal accounts in the book-and they pay it justice. (I would just like to pint out two things as feedback: my version had words that were hyphenated. So, concerned became con-cerend. And some photo spreads interrupted the flow of text, meaning I forgot what I was following on from.)
This is a beautiful book, suitable for any Royals fan, historian, or just as a memento. I give it a 15/15, and you can buy it by clicking this link:  Click here to buy the book. 


  1. August 31, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    The loving memories that surround Diana have always been beyond me as well given that I was only 5 when she died, but I must admit I have wanted to dive into her story more. As far as mise-en-scène goes, the term is typically used within cinema to describe everything that has been set up in the scene (actor placement, set organization, lighting), so I’m not entirely sure if it can be applied to the cover of a book. Great post and thanks for the recommendation!

    • August 31, 2017 / 2:28 pm

      About Mis-En-Scene; for GCSE media I was told it also applies to the way something is bought together; like how a magazine cover is formed 😀 Maybe if you buy the boo you can dive into her story more 🙂

      • August 31, 2017 / 3:03 pm

        Ah, that makes sense. I learned the term within the context of film, so that was my only frame of reference. You learn something new every day haha!

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