PositiveThe Sunday Times (UK)... throughout this book she remains very much Barbara the undermothered Jewish girl from Hendon, a wartime kitten who, with no little melodrama and self-pity, has survived by purring and biting and writing ... This book is in part a love letter to Black, in part a bracingly intimate chronicle of financial free fall ... Calamity, in the form of protracted lawsuits and ruin, made her more likeable ... There is something magnetic and magnificent about this sustained, occasionally deranged lament.
Sally Bendell Smith
RaveThe Wall Street JournalUnlike some earlier sensation-seeking biographers, who have dwelt on the Diana disaster above all else, Ms. Bedell Smith, who has previously written biographies of the Kennedys and the Clintons, resists any temptation to take sides ... Here is one of the paradoxes of Charles evident from Ms. Bedell Smith’s masterly account: encased in his own glass box of privilege, he is sometimes quicker than elected politicians to voice popular dissent. Having seen where narrow duty can lead, he follows his instinct, sometimes naïvely.