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WILLIAM & CATHERINE: Their Story Hardcover – May 17, 2011

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“Andrew Morton--author of the groundbreaking 1992 biography Diana: Her True Story--presents a photo-laden, gossip-studded history of the newlyweds that will satisfy royal fans hungry for more.” ―Entertainment Weekly

“This book is by Andrew Morton, the British journalist turned royal biographer, almost as famous as his tiara-topped targets...[who] examines the couple from the perspective of a biographer who knew Diana well and watched William grow to manhood.” ―USA Today

About the Author

ANDREW MORTON is one of the world's best-known biographers and a leading authority on modern royalty and celebrity. His groundbreaking 1992 biography revealed the secret world of Diana, Princess of Wales. Written with her full, though then secret, cooperation, the book changed the way the world looked at the British royal family, prompting Tina Brown to declare in The Diana Chronicles: "The journalist Morton most reminds me of is Bob Woodward."
Diana: Her True Story was a #1 New York Times bestseller; and Andrew Morton has gone on to write bestselling biographies of Monica Lewinsky, Madonna, Tom Cruise, and Angelina Jolie. The winner of numerous awards, including Author of the Year by the British Book Awards, Investigative Reporter of the Year by What the Papers Say, and Scoop of the Year by the London Press Club, Morton lives in London.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312643403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312643409
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,043,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was disappointed with this book by Andrew Morton. I had read his Diana: Her Words book some time ago and found it to be a fascinating portrait of Princess Diana. When I saw William and Catherine: A Royal Wedding was coming out I was hoping that it would be an equal portrait of William and his bride, Catherine. However it was definitely lacking. It's mostly a picture book. It has pictures on almost every page and nothing but pictures for about the last 10 pages of the 224 page book. I was looking for more detail on their lives especially together. Although Mr. Morton told me a lot more than I knew about their college years together and their living together after college, but didn't really go into any detail. Mr. Morton glossed over William's stints in the Royal Air Force. It was almost like he couldn't find any sources or he was trying to put this book out too quickly to capitalize on the wedding fame. I really wish he would have taken more time to gather more information and made it a longer more detailed book. Overall I gave it an average rating because of the pictures and the college years information that he does have. I wouldn't recommend it as a source book for anyone however if someone is wanting a picture book then this is an excellent find.
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If you are looking for a classy, restrained book about William and Catherine (as I was) then this cannot come more highly recommended. The text is a solid history of the couple and it fills in some of the background of their respective families. However, the photos are truly the crux of the book. Some photos are not as widely circulated; I found the quality to be high and the photos lean heavily towards the official (that is to say, the reliance on overly invasive paparazzi shots is minimal). The wedding photos are lovely; there could have been more and the details of the wedding could have been more extensive. There are other books that might give you the satisfaction of having every single wedding photo laid out - but this one chooses the best and arranges them in an intimate yet distant way so that one feels like they are getting a private glimpse, but not in a way that feels smarmy or seedy. Andrew Morton was the man behind Diana's authorized biography and that pedigree feels like one you can trust.
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This was an excellent book. It started with William and Kate as children and carried you all the way up until their engagement and beautiful wedding. It also provided a great deal of insight in to the unhappiness that Diana experienced, particularly Prince Charles's unfaithfulness, and she shared this with William. Many times William would pass tissues under the bathroom door because he knew his mother was crying. The death of Diana was devastating for both Princes, and the book gave great detail as to how difficult it was for them to deal with her death. The book also showed the "natural" side of the Middleton family and how much William enjoys spending time with them. Everything was not great all of the time...William and Kate had their ups and downs...but they worked them out, and I believe the Royals are going to be much better off with William and Kate in the limelight. It was a delightful book to read and can easily be read more than once.
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Excellent book by Andrew Morton! I liked this book as well as Katie Nicholl's book The Making Of A Royal Romance.. and I would highly suggest reading both of them.I think the fly over of the planes could have been a small picture and the balcony kiss could have been a large picture in the picture section of the book. I would like to say the other book I own is Diana's True Story with Diana's words in the begining of the book and I liked this book the best of his Diana books that he wrote.
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The book is brilliant! I am thanking not only the Author, but the seller!! For me--this brought back so many lovely memories, and for the world--I can only hope that we all have learned our lessons in letting people have their own lives and privacy. Many blessings and "good vibes" to HRH Prince William and his beautiful new bride, I was allowed to "skip school" and watch his Mother marry with my Gran--this time, I got to see him marry with my Mom! Thank you again for prompt & courteous service, and immpeccable packaging!!
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I love this book. It has beautiful pictures of the royal couple, especially from their wedding day. I hoped there would be additional writing since Andrew Morton's biography on Princess Diana was more in depth. But, on the whole, I am glad to have this book. Good memories of a fun trip to London as well!
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Not as "Diana" as it could have been, it actually does a pretty good job of giving a reader a look ate the lives of William & Kate. Starts out with a short section on William, then one on her story, then back to William followed by both of them together.
I found the book most notable for the photography, some of the pictures I hadn't seen before, but the history isn't bad either.
Worth having in your collection.
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A great book. I purchased a second copy to give as a birthday gift. I know my friend will enjoy it as much as I did. Great pictures! A wonderful remembrance of a happy time for both these wonderful young people.
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