Philip Hensher

Spare reviewed: Harry is completely disingenuous – or an idiot

Copies of 'Spare' displayed at Daunt Books on Marylebone High Street, London (Getty Images)

A surprising number of royal personages have published books under their own names, and sometimes they have even been written by the purported authors. The first, I think, was the Eikon Basilike, published shortly after Charles I’s execution and presented as his account of himself and of events. The authorship of this highly effective piece of propaganda has been questioned, but its simple, direct, haughty tone is very similar to the king’s recorded speech at his trial.

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