The Duchess: From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Governess (Hardback)
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The Duchess: From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Governess (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 19/08/2021
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With immense poignancy and narrative pull, Holden weaves history and fiction together in this richly evocative story of Wallis Simpson’s arrival into the world of the Royal Family.

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Governess.

The Duchess, the second novel in Wendy Holden's trilogy about royal outsiders, fictionalises the unknown London life of Wallis Simpson.

Arriving in 1928, Wallis was a divorced, penniless, middle-aged foreigner with average looks and no connections. Yet, just eight years later, a king renounced his throne for her. How did a woman from nowhere capture the heart of the world's most glamorous bachelor? Wendy Holden tells the amazing story.

Publisher: Welbeck Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781787396241
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


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Praise for Wendy Holden's The Governess:

'A beautifully woven and exquisitely detailed story.' - Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

'Brilliantly researched . . . I was completely absorbed and transported.' - Adele Parks, author of Just My Luck

'Compelling characters and a wonderful blend of historical accuracy and real narrative drive . . . A heart-breaking study of loyalty and love.' - Sally Morris, Daily Mail

'[A] beautifully researched and captivating novel . . . Wendy Holden's tender and intimate portrait of Lilibet, the future Queen Elizabeth II, is masterly.' - Rachel Hore

'A great book for escaping into . . . I loved this!' - Katie Fforde

'Sensitive, funny and fascinating - this masterful novel gives the reader fly-on-the-wall privileges into the early life of the Queen.' - Freya North

'A brilliantly imagined and poignant novel [...] of sacrifice, deep affection, strained loyalties and divided English society in the post-Downton Abbey era.' - Elizabeth Buchan

'An intimate view of the royal family at a time of great uncertainty and change . . . Marion Crawford's dedication to her charges, as well as her passion for education and reform, shines through the pages.' - Chanel Cleeton

'Wendy Holden absolutely delivers in this perfect blend of story and history . . . Lovers of The Crown series on Netflix will adore this!' - Susan Meissner 

'I loved, loved, LOVED this book and if it isn't adapted for the screen, I'll eat my crown!' - Erica James

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“Great w”

The Duchess by Wendy Holden is an excellent historical fiction novel that gives us a glimpse of the infamous, and often misunderstood, life of Ms. Wallace Simpson. I loved it!

This book mainly focusses on Wallace’s... More

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“A bittersweet and fascinating read”

We all know about Wallis Simpson. She was the woman, hated by everyone, who manipulated King Edward VIII into giving up the throne. But what if what we were always led to believe wasn't true? Wendy Holden's... More

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“Royal Scandal fabulously retold”

Wow! What a fabulous retelling of the Edward and Mrs Simpson story. Having read previous accounts of the scandalous affair between the Prince and his American mistress, I have to admit that my preconception of the... More

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