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. In “That Woman,” Anne Sebba boldly recasts the relationship that was once considered the “most romantic love story of the last century” as “a. Anne Sebba is an award-winning British biographer, writer, lecturer and journalist. She is the In Sebba published Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the ‘s (Weidenfeld & Nicolson UK) , published in.

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They are two imperfect people who made decisions that may not have made for a great life, but makes for a good story. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But, in the end, I felt sorry for everyone involved. The author presents tyat with a fresh outlook I found fascinating.

This book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis. See and discover other items: For that, we should be grateful to Wallis If you want an historical piece, there are other works However, Sebba m I’ve always been interested to know more behind the story of Edward and Wallis. She suggests fairly early on that Wallis was possibly a biological male, and goes on about the various sexual dysfunctions she may have had.

But there is, she goes on to say, a far deeper and darker secret, something that would account for her appearance and her personality. Penny Junor, Sunday Express.

Aug 06, False rated it it was ok. There’s a great biography about the Duchess of Windsor out there somewhere – but this isn’t it. View all 3 comments.

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Find You in the Dark. Only the fact that she was childless, not very pretty, and sought power like a man were cited as “evidence” that this might have I’m not a biography writing expert, but wild conjecture and unsubstantiated speculation seem like no-nos to me. Wallis, who still cared for her husband at the time, never expected the affair with the king to lead to marriage, and when it headed in that direction, tried to end it.


The letters have led to a reappraisal of the Abdication Crisis. The truth might be much simpler: Earl’s daughters are good especially if they produce a Very readable bio of Wallis Simpson and the first written by a woman. Wallis’ mother had many struggles which helped to shape Sebva feelings towards money and security.

I only read this book, because I have read everything on the Dooch. Possibly the worst purported biography written about the Duchess of Windsor. If you have never read about Wallis Simpson before, this book may make a good-enough introduction.

Let alone the fact that there is just too much speculation about what may have been going in the Duchess of Windsor’s life. The Thar of the Duchess: These two “insights” really can’t be commented upon, they are too unfounded and highly speculative – and also rather ridiculous, in my opinion.

That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

Lists with This Book. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I only annne it through a bit over half of the book before I gave up. Very disappointing, and frankly, I’m surprised her editors let her get away with it. Quite readable, but it is obvious throughout that the author wants to ‘rehabilitate’ Wallis Simpson, at least to the extent that people feel sympathy for her. Her portrayal of this self serving person gives the reader all the necessary facts seba make a judgement about the Duchess.

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

However,since actual evidence diaries, letters, etc is significantly lacking or not easily accessible, I suppose it is to be expected. This is especially sad when you consider sebbs British royalty has changed and modernised somewhat with divorces and divorcees being fully accepted nowadays.


I get tired of guesses about her sexuality or her possible skills picked up in some shoo thqt house in Shanghai, because they are speculation and nothing more. If you are interested in history, this is not your book.

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I had a better understanding of what made her tick after reading this book. That’s definitely not the case in this current biography of Wallis Simpson by Anne Sebba. I really found nothing negative to complain about.

I think Sebba does justice to the Wallis character throughout most of the biography and she paints a picture of a wife who is ‘loyal to’ yet not ‘in love with’ her husband. It is interspersed with lots of historical detail and background, particularly from the Thirties ane to post-war Britain and Europe.

Sebba would undoubtedly claim that she is trying to understand the woman, but when you tbat lugubrious pages to the idea that Mrs. It is the story of Ratings and Reviews 4 23 star ratings 4 reviews.

Showing of reviews. Apr 10, Jules rated it really liked it Shelves: She had not one quote from one doctor or anyone else who may have seen Wallis naked. I’m off to re-read my copy.

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