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THE BOOK The year is 2007 and the British army would rather dismiss than deploy Harry Wales. The media can't wait to watch him take a fall. Arrived in Afghanistan, he not only ceases to distrust reporters, he falls in love with one of them. She's dressed as a man to get around the authorities in the States. He has to dress as a woman to elude capture. Having set out to fight Islamic fundamentalism, he ends up with a secular Muslim as his gay best friend. His former nanny, an Afghan warlord and the destruction of treasures by the Taliban all make for a coming of age Harry didn't see coming.

THE AUTHOR I'm a novelist, biographer, historian, scribbler and dabbler. Somehow my first novel MRS QUEEN TAKES THE TRAIN became a national bestseller. PRINCE HARRY BOY TO MAN is my second one. I've also written non-fiction on Jackie Kennedy Onassis in READING JACKIE. My biography of a funny couple who lived with Queen Victoria, HENRY & MARY PONSONBY, was a BBC Radio 4 book of the week. I've played with the question of Benjamin Disraeli's sexuality in THE POLITICS OF PLEASURE. My doctoral dissertation was published as DEMOCRATIC ROYALISM. I wear antique military jackets around the house when no one’s watching. I live in Boston, Massachusetts, and whenever I can in London too.