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The Shadow Queen

Author: Rebecca Dean
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 0767930576
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A reimagining of the life of the woman for whom Edward VIII of England abdicated the throne dramatically recreates her disadvantaged childhood, upbringing as a socialite by wealthy relatives and entry into British society before capturing the heart of a prince. By the author of The Palace Circle. Original. 15,000 first printing.

Wallis

Author: Rebecca Dean
Publisher: HarperTorch
ISBN: 9780007315734
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When debutante Wallis Simpson is growing up, she devotes her teenage daydreams to one man, the future King of England, Prince Edward. But it's Pamela Holtby, Wallis's aristocratic best friend, who mixes within the palace circle; surely she would be the more likely of the two to form a dalliance with Edward? Wallis's first marriage to a dashing young naval pilot is not the kind she dreamt of; he turns out to be a dominating bully of a man, who punishes her relentlessly. And her many subsequent relationships are nothing short of disatrous. Edward in the meantime is busy performing his royal duties and the extra-curricular ones too, those involving married women. Until the day, just before he ascends the throne as Edward VIII, when he is introduced to a very special married woman, Wallis Simpson. Was Wallis Simpson the demon the royal family portrayed her to be? Or was she an extraordinary woman who led an unimaginable life? A dramatic novel, that crosses continents and provides unique insight into one of history's most charismatic and multi-faceted women.

The Windsor Conspiracy

Author: Mike Ponder
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 9781863255059
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Has the monarchy's lust for power gone too far? The severed finger of a kidnapped man is mailed to newspaper journalist Joanna Doyle, with a note claiming the victim is none other than H.R.H. Prince Charles. As she has just watched an interview with him live on television, Joanna refuses to take the note seriously. Why then the interest of the Secret Service? Why do they demand she relinquish the finger and note to them? Why, only hours later, is she brutally murdered? And why does the Royal Air Force dispatch a Harrier jet fighter to intercept the trawler in which the kidnap victim is being held captive? Security expert Simon Dwyer is hired to uncover the truth in this fast-paced thriller full of intrigue and suspense. From the vastness and hostility of the Australian outback, to a medieval castle protected by 1000 feet of sheer rock and the crack troops of the 12th Scottish Regiment, every page brings another twist.

Palace Circle

Author: Rebecca Dean
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 0767931653
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Palace intrigue, romance, and illicit affairs—Rebecca Dean has written a glorious novel that will sweep Philippa Gregory fans off their feet. Delia Chandler, an eighteen-year-old Southern girl, marries Viscount Ivor Conisborough just before World War II, becoming part of the Windsor court. It’s every girl’s dream come true. But Delia is jolted from her pleasant life when she realizes, after the birth of her two daughters, that Ivor chose her only to bear an heir to his estate. Shortly thereafter, she begins an affair with her husband’s handsome, titled, and frequently scandalous best friend. When Conisborough is appointed as an adviser to King Fuad of Egypt, Delia exchanges one palace circle for another, far different one. While she sees Egypt as a place of exile, her two daughters regard Egypt as their home. Only when war comes to Cairo—and Delia finally reveals the secret she has kept for so long—can she begin to heal the divisions separating her from those she loves. Rebecca Dean’s irresistible combination of real events and masterful storytelling will keep readers fascinated until the very last page.

Wallis In Love

Author: Andrew Morton
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 1455566969
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For fans of the Netflix series The Crown and from the author of the New York Times bestseller 17 Carnations comes a captivating biography of Wallis Simpson, the notorious woman for whom Edward VIII gave up the throne. "You have no idea how hard it is to live out a great romance." -Wallis Simpson Before she became known as the woman who enticed a king from his throne and birthright, Bessie Wallis Warfield was a prudish and particular girl from Baltimore. At turns imaginative, ambitious, and spoiled, Wallis's first words as recalled by her family were "me, me." From that young age, she was in want of nothing but stability, status, and social acceptance as she fought to climb the social ladder and take her place in London society. As irony would have it, she would gain the love and devotion of a king, but only at the cost of his throne and her reputation. In WALLIS IN LOVE, acclaimed biographer Andrew Morton offers a fresh portrait of Wallis Simpson in all her vibrancy and brazenness as she transformed from a hard-nosed gold-digger to charming chatelaine. Using diary entries, letters, and other never-before-seen records, Morton takes us through Wallis's romantic adventures in Washington, China, and her entrance into the strange wonderland that is London society. During her journey, we meet an extraordinary array of characters, many of whom smoothed the way for her dalliance with the king of England, Edward VIII. WALLIS IN LOVE goes beyond Wallis's infamous persona and reveals a complex, domineering woman striving to determine her own fate and grapple with matters of the heart.

My New Orleans Gone Away

Author: Peter M. Wolf
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1480413453
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A New York Times bestseller: A “charming” memoir of growing up Jewish among New Orleans high society—and finding a place in the bigger world (Winston Groom, The Wall Street Journal). The Wolf family had been in New Orleans for generations. They were Jewish but—as Peter Wolf’s grandmother put it—“not in an obvious way.” In fact, they threw lavish Christmas parties to entertain Peter’s father’s friends in the cotton business and even put up a tree. But despite their success and their philanthropic work, the Wolfs were always excluded from NOLA’s inner circles, elite clubs, and high-status Mardi Gras krewes. It took a detour to New England—where Peter attended Exeter and Yale, and met friends like Calvin Trillin—to put the young man in touch with his cultural roots, and an adventurous adult life beyond the Big Easy to see the corruption, insularity, and racism that lurked beneath the cultural and culinary delights of his home. With a fond heart and a clear, candid view, Wolf offers this reminiscence of his childhood in Metairie, Louisiana, and the unique social hierarchies of New Orleans, with its old Creole families and residents both rich and poor. A meditation on place and identity, this is “a loving and beautifully written portrait of New Orleans in the 1950s and 1960s” and a look at a landscape that was shifting and disappearing even before Hurricane Katrina altered it forever (Booklist).

Great Feuds In History

Author: Colin Evans
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0471380385
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Looks at the animosities, ill feelings, and bad behavior of such public figures as Queen Elizabeth I, Aaron Burr, the Duchess of Windsor, Lyndon B. Johnson, and J. Edgar Hoover.

Abdication

Author: Juliet Nicolson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451658842
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“Goodness, Abdication really is good. I’m in awe of Juliet’s ability” (Jessica Fellowes, New York Times bestselling author of The World of Downton Abbey). England, 1936. A beloved king is dead, and by year’s end, the charismatic new monarch will give up his throne for love. The world is on the brink of war. And in the tumultuous intervening months, three outsiders will find themselves embroiled in the hidden truths, undeclared loves, unspoken sympathies, and covert complicities of a glittering high society in the throes of upheaval. After a long journey from her home in Barbados, May Thomas secures a position as a secretary and driver and opens her heart to a man seemingly beyond her reach. Outwardly affable American spinster Evangeline Nettlefold finds her place in the uppermost social circles, but her growing resentment toward her childhood friend Wallis Simpson predicts disaster. A friendship catapults Julian Richardson from his mother’s middle-class parlor to luxurious dinners with the king, yet he cannot forget those who struggle outside the gilded gates, nor his uneasy affection for May. As addictive as Downton Abbey, as poignant as The Remains of the Day, renowned historian Juliet Nicolson’s debut novel is a breathtaking story inspired by a love affair that shook the world at a time when order and chaos battled for supremacy.

Young Elizabeth The Making Of The Queen

Author: Kate Williams
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 1605988928
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A lively and poignant biography of the young princess who, at the impressionable age of eleven, found that she was now heiress to the throne, by the New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Queen Victoria. We can hardly imagine a Britain without Elizabeth II on the throne. It seems to be the job she was born for. And yet for much of her early life the young princess did not know the role that her future would hold. She was our accidental Queen. Elizabeth's determination to share in the struggles of her people marked her out from a young age. Her father initially refused to let her volunteer as a nurse during the Blitz, but relented when she was 18 and allowed her to work as a mechanic and truck driver for the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service. It was her forward-thinking approach that ensured that her coronation was televised, against the advice of politicians at the time. Kate Williams reveals how the 25-year-old young queen carved out a lasting role for herself amid the changes of the 20th century. Her monarchy would be a very different one to that of her parents and grandparents, and its continuing popularity in the 21st century owes much to the intelligence and elusive personality of this remarkable woman.

Becoming Marie Antoinette

Author: Juliet Grey
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0345523865
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Imagines the early life of the doomed eighteenth-century queen, who at a young age learns from her mother, the ambitious Empress of Austria, that she must leave her coddled life in the Austrian court to marry the dauphin of France.