Review: The Vanity Fair Diaries 1983 – 1992 by Tina Brown

Title: The Vanity Fair Diaries 1983 – 1992

Author: Tina Brown

Pages: 448 Pages

Publisher: Orion

The Blurb

The sizzling diaries of Tina Brown’s eight spectacular years as editor in chief of Vanity Fair paint a riveting portrait of the flash, dash and follies of the Eighties in New York and Hollywood.

The Vanity Fair Diaries is the story of an Englishwoman barely out of her twenties who arrives in Manhattan on a mission. Summoned from London in hopes that she can save Condé Nast’s troubled new flagship Vanity Fair, Tina Brown is immediately plunged into the maelstrom of the competitive New York media world and the backstabbing rivalries at the court of the planet’s slickest, most glamour-focused magazine company. She survives the politics, the intrigue and the attempts to derail her by a simple stratagem: succeeding. In the face of rampant scepticism, she triumphantly reinvents a failing magazine.

Here are the inside stories of Vanity Fair scoops and covers that sold millions: the Reagan kiss, the meltdown of Princess Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles, the sensational Annie Leibovitz cover of a gloriously pregnant, naked Demi Moore. In the diary’s cinematic pages, the drama, comedy and struggle of running an ‘it’ magazine come to life. Brown’s Vanity Fair Diaries is also a woman’s journey, of making a home in a new country and of the deep bonds with her husband, their prematurely born son and their daughter.

Astute, open-hearted, often riotously funny, Tina Brown’s The Vanity Fair Diaries is a compulsively fascinating and intimate chronicle of a woman’s life in a glittering era.

The Review

The Vanity Fair Diaries is, at once, a deeply personal account of a period of time as well as a cultural document more fascinating than any history book you may read.

In her fascinating diaries, Tina Brown gives the reader a sneak-peak into the world of celebrity and news journalism. We see the cutthroat attitude towards women in the media and the battle that pioneering writers took on to make sure that they held their place in a male dominated environment.

Beyond that, we have Brown’s personal life held on display for us to see the worlds as they run parallel. What is interesting to think about is whether or not Tina Brown did use total disclosure when sharing her diaries with the world. If not, imagine the saucy secrets those books still hold.

The Vanity Fair Diaries 1983 – 1992 by Tina Brown is available now.

For more information regarding Tina Brown (@TinaBrownLM) please visit her Twitter page.

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