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The Duchess of Windsor: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Lady Mosley (Diana Mosley) Diana Mitford
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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‘Irresistible. One controversial expatriate on another.’ – Philip Mansel ‘Vivid.’ – Michael Bloch ‘Wit and intelligence.’ – Philip Ziegler ‘Cracking photographs.’ – Evening Standard An intimate of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Diana Mosley was a frequent guest at their parties in Paris, or at ‘the Moulin’ in Orsay, where they were neighbours. Written in her inimitable style Diana Mosley paints a remarkable portrait of her friend that is also realistic with regards to her flaws. What was it about her that utterly captivated the heir to the throne and made him renounce it when he became King? It is this question which Diana Mosley seeks to answer and which she is perhaps better qualified to answer than anyone else, given her marriage to Sir Oswald Mosley, Leader of the British Fascists.

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'Irresistible. One controversial expatriate on another' Philip Mansel 'Diana Mosley writes with wit and intelligence and intimate knowledge of her subject.' Philip Ziegler 'A vivid portrait by one who knew and understood the subject well.' Michael Bloch --1

'Good stuff here... packed with cracking photographs.' --Evening Standard

'Betrayal of my friend Wallis.' --Daily Express

About the Author

Diana Mosley was the one but oldest of Mitford sisters. She wrote best-selling autobiography A Life of Contrasts and The Pursuit of Laughter. Her life has been the subject of three biographies. She first married Bryan Guinness and next Oswald Mosley, with both of whom she had two sons. She was a longstanding friend and neighbour of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11271 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Gibson Square (11 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908096144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908096142
  • ASIN: B009UXSKAU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 26 Sept. 2013
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I now have a totally different view of Wallis Simpson that I had before I read this book. She is usually portrayed as a miserable person but this book shows her in a totally different light - someone who is the life and soul of the party. Very interesting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mitford 13 May 2014
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I have read several biographies of the Duchess of Windsor, but most seem to stick to the view of the era that she was some sort of monster who stole the king.This book however is written by someone who knew her personally and views the Duchess in a much kinder light.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That woman 10 Feb. 2014
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Loved it, the author certainly did her research and I finished the book very quickly. Some good photos too made it come alive.The Duchess of Windsor: A Memoir
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 25 Oct. 2013
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Can't remember when I enjoyed a book so much. Shows Walllis in a totally diferent light,very enlightening,not at all boring and am so pleased I have read it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Learn a bit of history 8 Jan. 2014
By N
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It was a very interesting read, I learnt a lot about their great love! It was nicely written and very informative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abdication from a different view point 11 Sept. 2014
By sandy
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Refreshing in its honesty concerning a turning point in history, this book offers a different spin on the abdication, focusing on a genuine love story which stood the test of time and shows Wallis as a warm human being rather than the ogre she has been portrayed to be.
Most surprisingly, was the reluctance of the British establishment to let this devoted couple play a role in the monarchy for the fear they may succeed and become more popular thus proving the government wrong in their initial assessment of this relationship
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different! 25 Oct. 2013
By budtz57
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It is interesting to read a view from an angle quite different. The author had quite a background herself. At least she was not bias.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 8 Jan. 2015
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With a mother who idolized the Prince of Wales and has been bitter for nearly 80 years about the whole abdication thing, I have grown up fascinated with this couple and have read anything I could about them.
This book would, I thought, throw more light on them - being written by someone who could be considered a contemporary. Unfortunately I found it to be lightweight- apart from a few photos I hadn't seen before, there was nothing new in it. It felt as if it had been 're- hashed' from other people's works, and wasn't particularly well structured. Also lots of typos made it even more annoying. Glad I only paid 99p for it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
GOOD READ.
Published 2 months ago by derek h hinton
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than most
A successful attempt to show the positive qualities of King Edward and HRH Wallis.
Complete absence of malice and score settling.
Published 3 months ago by gabriel mendoza
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent memoir of a much misunderstood and maligned woman who ...
Excellent memoir of a much misunderstood and maligned woman who simply fell in love with the future king of Britain. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Janeymac73
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
I loved this book from start to finish. Nice to read a biography which is positive about its subject. Recommended
Published 3 months ago by Delicately Elegant
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and entertaining
A great insight into a famous love story written by someone who was there in the thick of it. Really enjoyable
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Simone Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written but a little sycophantic
Well written and surprisingly readable account of Wallis Simpson's life. But Diana Mitford was a friend of the Windsors and this account has to be read in that light. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alastair J. Mcintyre
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
well written loved it!
Published 6 months ago by Mrs Lesley Edmondson
3.0 out of 5 stars duchess of Windsor by Diana Mosley
Interesting but a bit bland. Hoped for more insight from someone familiar with the political system of the time. Disappointed.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. A. H. Griffiths
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good reading
Published 7 months ago by kathleenquigley
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Very interesting, history is not always correct.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. A. C. Collins
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