Books Review November 2011
THE FIRM – The Troubled Life of the HOUSE OF WINDSOR by Penny Junor. Published 2005 by Thomas Dunne Books – St Martin’s Press – NY
Penny Junor is a top London journalist who has covered the royal family for over 25 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.)
The Firm is filled with 43 brief chapters over 432 pages of all things royal with captivating titles as Not Waving: Drowning, Master of Spin, All the King’s Horse – The Private Queen to Charity Begins at Home, Gongs and Garden Parties with an 11 page index. A great book to keep on the kitchen table to enjoy with your morning breakfast and return later for your after dinner cup of tea. If a reader has the immense luxury of hours of uninterrupted reading then you have quite a treat with this book with its 16 colour pages containing 40 photographs. The book jacket aptly summarizes the book, ‘The House of Windsor: Is it a hangover from the past, an expensive anachronisim, a relic of a bygone age of deference and hierarchy, or is it as important and relevant as ever?’ Penny’s book title is the name used by Prince Philip when he is referring to the royal family which is a big business of royal executives and their powerful associates who make every effort to avoid even a hint of scandal that could diminish the reputation of the family business.
Lorraine Chambers firstname.lastname@example.org