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By: Prince Harry The Duke of Sussex
Narrated by: Prince Harry The Duke of Sussex
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Publisher's summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Discover the global phenomenon that tells an unforgettable story of love, loss, and healing.

“Compellingly artful . . . [a] blockbuster memoir.”—The New Yorker (Best Books of the Year)

It was one of the most searing images of the twentieth century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow—and horror. As Princess Diana was laid to rest, billions wondered what Prince William and Prince Harry must be thinking and feeling—and how their lives would play out from that point on.

For Harry, this is that story at last.

Before losing his mother, twelve-year-old Prince Harry was known as the carefree one, the happy-go-lucky Spare to the more serious Heir. Grief changed everything. He struggled at school, struggled with anger, with loneliness—and, because he blamed the press for his mother’s death, he struggled to accept life in the spotlight.

At twenty-one, he joined the British Army. The discipline gave him structure, and two combat tours made him a hero at home. But he soon felt more lost than ever, suffering from post-traumatic stress and prone to crippling panic attacks. Above all, he couldn’t find true love.

Then he met Meghan. The world was swept away by the couple’s cinematic romance and rejoiced in their fairy-tale wedding. But from the beginning, Harry and Meghan were preyed upon by the press, subjected to waves of abuse, racism, and lies. Watching his wife suffer, their safety and mental health at risk, Harry saw no other way to prevent the tragedy of history repeating itself but to flee his mother country. Over the centuries, leaving the Royal Family was an act few had dared. The last to try, in fact, had been his mother. . . .

For the first time, Prince Harry tells his own story, chronicling his journey with raw, unflinching honesty. A landmark publication, Spare is full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.

©2023 Random House Group (P)2023 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

“Unflinching, introspective, and well-written.” Time

“Compellingly artful . . . [a] blockbuster memoir.” The New Yorker

“A scorching account of life in a golden cage.” The Atlantic

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Editorial Review

Heartbreaking and Unflinching
The anticipation surrounding the release of Prince Harry’s memoir has reached a fever-pitch unlike anything I can recall in recent memory. And as a listen, it delivers. Spare opens with an introduction at Frogmore Cottage on the day of Prince Philip’s funeral, as the author anxiously awaits a meeting with his father and brother. As the tension reaches a climax, Prince Harry jumps back in time to begin Chapter 1 on August 30, 1997—the day before his mother tragically died. With deft vulnerability he leads us through the years that follow, and we begin to understand the grief, anger, and denial that shaped his adolescence and early adulthood. What is evident from the dedication of Spare and in every minute of listening that follows, is that Prince Harry is his mother’s son. His honesty may be shocking to some, but it’s the voice of a man who has had other people speak for him his whole life. And it’s that very voice that makes listening the best way to enjoy Spare. Prince Harry’s narration is intimate and poignant, and I feel as though I understand his journey all the better for it. —Katie O., Audible Editor

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