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That Woman The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor by Anne Sebba
  

That Woman The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

Biography / Autobiography   Books of the Month   The Real World   

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September 2011 Mega Non-Fiction Book of the Month.

The first serious yet sympathetic biography, by one of Britain's most distinguished biographers, turns her focus on one of the most vilified woman of the last century, the Duchess of Windsor, the former Mrs Simpson. Based on new archives and material recently made available, this scrupulously researched biography re evaluates the role of politicians in the 1930s, sheds new light on the character and motivations of this powerful, charismatic and complex woman, and questions was this really the romantic love story of the century?

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Synopsis

That Woman The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor by Anne Sebba

Historian Anne Sebba has written the first full biography of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, by a woman which attempts to understand this fascinating and enigmatic American divorcee who nearly became Queen of England. 'That woman', as she was referred to by the Queen Mother, became a hate figure for allegedly ensnaring a British king. Born in 1895 in Baltimore, Bessiewallis Warfield endured an impoverished and comparatively obscure childhood which inflamed a burning desire to rise above her circumstances. Neither beautiful nor brilliant, and no longer young, she nevertheless became one of the most talked about women of her generation, and inspired such deep love and adoration in Edward VIII that even giving up a throne and an empire for her was not enough to prove his total devotion. Wallis lived by her wit and her wits, while both her apparent and alleged moral transgressions added to her aura and dazzle. Accused of Fascist sympathies, having Nazi lovers and learning bizarre sexual techniques in China, she was the subject of widespread gossip and fascination that has only increased with the years. In death, the Duchess became a symbol of empowerment and a style icon, a woman whose unequivocal aim was to win in the game of life.

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A historical biography that doesn't get dull or confusing, this new look at the life of Wallis Simpson is a fascinating insight into the not-too-distant history of the Royals WOMAN MAGAZINE


About the Author

Anne Sebba

Anne Sebba read History at King's College London then joined Reuters as a foreign correspondent based in London and Rome. She has written eight works of non-fiction, mostly about iconic women, presented BBC radio documentaries, and is an accredited Nadfas lecturer. She is married with three children.

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Publication date

18th August 2011

Author

Anne Sebba

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Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
368 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
Books of the Month
The Real World

Biography: royalty

20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9780297858966

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