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The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor (Paperback)

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The House of Windsor: Is it a hangover from the past, an expensive anachronism, a relic of a bygone age of deference and hierarchy, or is it as important and relevant as ever?

However you look at it, the royal family is a big business, though one with more ups and downs than the stock market. Prince Philip calls it “The Firm,” and all the royal executives and their powerful associates are supposed to make every effort to avoid even a hint of scandal that could diminish the reputation of the family business.

            Unfortunately for the royals, for the past twenty years scandal and controversy have deluged the Queen’s family, putting everything at risk. Focusing primarily on the years after the death of Princess Diana and including the heir to the throne’s marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince William’s latest romance, acclaimed royal writer Penny Junor looks in depth at how the royal family has made itself the world’s soap opera. The Firm reveals the answers to the questions that absorb the media around the world, disclosing how the family really behaves behind closed doors in this controversial and terri?cally readable book.

About the Author


Penny Junor is a top London journalist who has covered the royal family for over twenty-five years. She is the author of previous biographies of both the Prince and the Princess of Wales and two British prime ministers. She is married with four children and lives in Wiltshire, England.

Praise for The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor…


"… a solid analysis of the monarchy." --Booklist

“A favorable, respectful portrait . . . should gratify those with affectionate interest in Britain’s monarchy.” ---Publishers Weekly

“Interesting . . . jaw-dropping . . . highly recommended.” ---Library Journal

Product Details ISBN-10: 0312377665
ISBN-13: 9780312377663
Published: St. Martin's Griffin, 03/04/2008
Pages: 480
Language: English