Bestselling biography of the enduringly fascinating Wallis Simpson.
One of Britain's most distinguished biographers turns her focus on one of the most vilified women of the twentieth century. Historian Anne Sebba has written the first full biography by a woman of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor.
'That woman', as she was referred to by the Queen Mother, became a hate figure for ensnaring a British king and destabilising the monarchy. Neither beautiful nor brilliant, she nevertheless became one of the most talked-about women of her generation and she inspired such deep love and adoration in Edward VIII that he gave up a throne and an empire for her. Wallis lived by her wit and her wits, while both her apparent and alleged moral transgressions added to her aura and dazzle.
Based on new archives and material only recently made available, this scrupulously researched biography sheds new light on the character and motivations of a powerful, charismatic and complex woman.
About the Author
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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Comments about That Woman:
Being of the baby boomer generation I have a second hand knowledge of this tragic story. After reading this book, my opinion of Edward V11 (Duke of Windsor) & Wallis Simpson has altered significantly.
I think I can honestly say after reading this book that Edward V11 didn't have what it takes to be a King nor, did he want to be a King. I think Wallis wanted to have one last affair with a man who used that to his advantage, as an excuse to avoid his public duty.
The author poses questions for you -the reader to consider. Well researched.
Madonna's new film fictionalises the affair between Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, while this Life tells the true story. DAILY TELEGRAPH 20120107 The publication of this intriguing reassessment of her [Simpson's] controversial life could not be more timely...an illuminating and absorbing read. -- Katherine Whitbourn DAILY MAIL 20120120 Commendably restrained...Sebba's real coup is the discover of letters between Wallis and Ernest, dated long after she had become involved with Edwadrd. INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 20120122 A well-rounded and often movign portrait CAMBRIDGESHIRE JOURNAL 20120201
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 19th January 2012
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.295