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Junor, Penny.
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Publication Information:
Oxford : ISIS Large Print, 1988.

Physical Description:
389 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Originally published: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1987.

Includes index.
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On Order

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Neither a fluff piece nor an amalgam of the latest royal gossip, this is a responsible, professionally presented estimation of the life and character of the man who, given the firmly entrenched position of the monarchy in British national life, will be the next sovereign of Great Britain. Junor eschews both whitewashing and smearing as she follows the course of Charles Prince of Wales' peculiar life-and it is the peculiarity that is emphasized. His is an existence of outward privilege but uncommon loneliness. Charles is now approaching middle age and is consequently given to periods of intense introspection. Unlike most men his age, he is not yet settled into a career; born to be king, he is likely to be well past midlife when he assumes the crown, making his Where-is-my-life-going? crisis very difficult for most people to imagine. The Prince of Wales' problem, as Junor sees it, is that he is too often plagued by self-doubts, which leave him feeling unfulfilled and striking others as unfulfilling. But duty is what his life is all about, and he has performed unconditionally. The press has made Charles out to be a crank lately, but Junor contends that he is a man of depth and capability whose opinion of himself needs to be bolstered. Abundant photographs; index. BH. 941.085'092 Charles, Prince of Wales / Great Britain-Princes and princesses-Biography [OCLC] 87-29931

Publisher's Weekly Review

Whether or not the Prince of Wales is the Renaissance man his biographer paints, his self-assessment of his function as a role model is amply borne out in this respectful study. Junor, author of a biography of Richard Burton, describes the man who may one day be king of England as a ``compendium of ideas and philosophies taken from a wide range of people.'' A pivotal influence was his much-loved great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten, a surrogate father whose death by an IRA bomb left Charles emotionally dazed. From a lengthy heritage of pomp and circumstance, Charles has developed an alternative personal lifestyle, following the quieter pursuits of farming and gardening, espousing environmental concerns and developing an interest in the spiritual. The well-known facts of Charles the husband, father and heir apparent are counterbalanced by the author's sensitive interviews with him, the basis for an evaluation of the Prince as ``one of the saddest people I have ever encountered.'' (March) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Juror presents a complete picture of the heir to the British throne in one of the best written and most objective and informative biographies of the royal family to appear in many years. Charles's mistakes and weaknesses aren't minimized, but the Prince emerges as a complex, thoughtful, and compassionate man, as well as a spirited champion of practical, humane solutions to national and global problems, e.g., youthful unemployment, conservation, and racial and religious prejudice. The reader is left with a better understanding of the United Kingdom, the continued importance of its monarch, and confidence in Charles's ability to reign. Recommended. Jeanne Gelinas, Hennepin Cty. Lib., Mound, Minn. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.