She was the first person to be named Woman of the Year by Time magazine, and yet Wallis Simpson remains one of the most reviled women in history. The social-climbing divorcee is remembered as a snob and voluptuary who came close to destroying the British monarchy. But could she have been the pawn of Allied statesmen determined to remove a Nazi sympathiser from the throne?
This memoir, found in her former Paris home, is said to have been written in the Duchess' own hand. And although the Duchess is a highly unreliable narrator, Kate Auspitz, an American historian, is a meticulous scholar, supplying pages of endnotes that ground the story firmly in published recollections of the major figures of the time. The plot rests on little-known historical details that make Wallis's role in the events entirely plausible.
"Lorelei King is astonishing. I thought I was listening to my better self when I heard the introduction to Wallis: My War , written in my voice, read in hers." (Kate Auspitz)
"An ingenious twist and just as plausible as the well-researched reality this fictional account deftly uses." (Daily Mail)
"These impeccably researched faux memoirs capture the louche glamour of the couple's honeymoon years, the anxieties surrounding the abdication - Wallis's desire to be queen stymied by Duff Cooper and Harold Nicolson - and their wartime internment in the Bahamas." (The Lady)
"erudite, subversive ... witty..." (Observer)
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