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The Vanity Fair Diaries is the story of an Englishwoman barely out of her 20s who arrives in New York City with a dream. 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 skepticism, 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 story, the drama, the comedy, and the 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.

©2017 Tina Brown (P)2017 Macmillian US

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A real derge!

A name dropping self indulgent derge. Could not possibly get through it. I really tried!

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Very incisive and entertaining

I love listening to Tina Brown narrate her own books. Tina, if you’re reading this, you’re a star!

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Captivating

I couldn't stop listening. Tina Brown shows what is achieved when intelligence, tenacity, determination, dedication, application and innovation converge. This New York story of the recreation and absolute dominance of Vanity Fair magazine proves what Alec Baldwin said, "New York was so much better in the '80s." An absolute delight!

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An incredible career and life. A must-listen!

I read and devoured this incredible memoir before as a normal book but it goes to the next level with Tina voicing it herself. There are so many layers to this rich and entertaining story. Tina's inspiring career as a female leader is one in itself but then you have the overlay of her being a witness to New York in the dynamic and crazy 80s and the highs and lows of the media industry. it's both fascinating and wonderful. I love it!

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Loved this book

Amazing glimpse into the recreation of one of my favourite magazines. Tina Brown is awesome

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Just wonderful

A joy to read and great female inspiration to draw from for many years to come. Thank you for sharing Tina.

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  • 14-11-2021

Page after page of name-dropping.

This book is well written but was not my cup of tea. Would suit socialites and anyone who likes to keep track of "who's who" and the associated social gossip of the day. I am not a Vanity Fair reader and now I know why.

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  • 07-02-2018

Brilliant, spiky and surprisingly warm

A tour de force memoir from the leading lady of magazine journalism’s triumphant golden age

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  • 07-01-2018

Excellent

An excellent insight into editing, society and celebrity. I absolutely loved it. Very well written and no holding back, funny, moving and I could not stop listening.

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  • Suzanne M.
  • 14-01-2018

Really don’t waste your time or money......

This is a pointless narrative about pointless people who are not relevant now and other than Donald Trump and Jackie Kennedy were probably not that relevant then. Tina Brown may have been capable at what she did in the magazine publishing world (and I’m a great fan of Vanity Fair especially at the time Ms Brown was publishing it) but she has definitely overstretched herself in this genre. I’m afraid she is boringly wordy (think a talentless Thomas Hardy) and talks about totally irrelevant people who have only names and net worth attached to them but no character (except Jackie Kennedy Onassis whom she draws surprisingly well). Her overriding ego for herself and her husband is the permanent narrative and to be fair they are not appealing at any level as characters and really I did not understand why we as readers/listeners were subjected to their family and children of whom bring nothing to the story of ‘Vanity Fair’ as a publication. This is a mediocre literally exercise
which I would have no hesitation in not recommending at all. In fact I would say if this is your thing then go with the Alexandra Schulman Vogue diaries instead-it’s still not brilliant but it’s head and shoulders above this disappointing rubbish.

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  • 13-04-2022

A joy

Well written, so interesting to hear the authors thoughts of popular culture and the zeitgeist with the gift of hindsight! Fascinating and an enjoyable listen.

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  • SamR
  • 24-04-2020

One of my all time favourite audiobooks

I loved this and never wanted it to end. Beyond the fabulous titbits, there is the story of an incredible woman. Human, ethical, honest, balanced and driven by quality she is a rare and inspirational. This was a compelling narrative of the time with her wonderful thought provoking observations. Really an absolute joy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-01-2020

Fun Listen

I loved listening to this breakdown of Tina's life at Vanity Fair. Name dropping, escapades mixed with life struggles. Light and entertaining.

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  • Ms. A. Baker
  • 28-04-2019

Whirlwind

It may be to over exaggerate the sense of what a whirlwind the 80s at Vanity Fair was, and I loved the story especially the honest bits about when personal and professional life didn't sit neatly side by side but I found the reading a bit fast and lacking in tonal shifts sometimes, especially at the end of sections which I felt should have been more pronounced and lingered over.

Overall though, highly recommended.

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  • Button Shiner
  • 05-01-2018

Get me a time machine..I'm heading back to the 80s

Would you listen to The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992 again? Why?

Yes, I missed some of the characters who are referred to time and again

Who was your favorite character and why?

S.I.Newhouse and his gentle unpredictability

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

It had to be read by Tina Brown but, she started to drive me mad two-thirds of the way through

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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  • Tom Rubython
  • 20-12-2017

Wonderful audio book

Where does The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks very highly

What did you like best about this story?

Authentic, or at least appears so.

What does Tina Brown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Makes it real

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Entertaining

Any additional comments?

Audiobooks may be the future of publishing

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  • jill boggiss
  • 11-12-2017

Amazing account of an incredible time

If you lived through these times this will bring back vivid memories and a personal angle on what it was like at the centre of the excess. Love her commentary and astonishing drive and ambition. If you are in your 30s it will be hard to imagine this can be real.

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