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

That Woman The Life of Wallis Simpson Duchess of Windsor Bestselling biography of the enduringly fascinating Wallis Simpson

  • Title: That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor
  • Author: Anne Sebba
  • ISBN: 9780753827390
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bestselling biography of the enduringly fascinating Wallis Simpson
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    1. Anne Sebba began her writing career at the BBC world service, Arabic section, while still a student After graduating from King s College, London in Modern European History, she worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters in London and Rome, the first woman Reuters accepted on their Graduate Trainee Scheme In 1975 she moved to New York with her husband and first baby returning two years later with a second baby and first book From then on she was launched into a freelance career as a journalist, biographer, cruise lecturer and occasional broadcaster and is now also an officially accredited Nadfas lecturer She has worked for many writers organisations including PEN Writers in Prison Committee and the Society of Authors chairing its Management Committee from 2013 2015 and followed her bestselling biography That Woman, a life of Wallis Simpson, based on the discovery of 15 secret letters which Wallis wrote to her second husband Ernest Simpson, with Les Parisiennes How the Women of Paris lived, loved and died in the 1940s published in the UK and US in 2016.

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    1. OMG Was the editor drugged or just sleeping on the job This has got to be the most boring biography I have ever read It reminds me of getting stuck in a corner with a person at a party who keeps digressing from one boring story to the next and never making any point but just rambling on Worse, the author makes wild suppositions about Wallis possible DSD or hermaphroditism while making it clear that there has never been any proof of either She goes on to explain that IF these suppositions were tr [...]


    2. Possibly the worst purported biography written about the Duchess of Windsor It seems to have been written solely as an excuse for the author to beguile readers with groundless and unproven speculation that the Duchess MAY have suffered from DSD Disorder of Sexual Development , MAY have been an hermaphrodite or semi hermaphrodite , APPEARED to be masculine and had very large hands and, now hold your breath here, a diarist of the day actually wrote that she looked masculine In that case, we d bett [...]


    3. Wallis Simpson right woman, right place, right time Perhaps.This highly readable and informative biography of Wallis Simpson by Anne Sebba suggests that had That Woman not come along and swept Edward, Prince of Wales of his feet Britain and its Empire may have ended up with a king who was unfit, uninterested and unable to fill the position that his brother so ably did.Edward before he met Wallis was a royal with a film star following who connected with the people He was also a playboy with exper [...]


    4. Completely meretricious, and I mean completely She does nothing at all with the new material, Wallis continuing correspondence with Ernest Simpson until his death, and the reader is forced to endure what can only be described as the cesspool of the author s mind The Duchess of Windsor wasn t the nicest woman in the world, but I have read biographies of Hitler that displayed empathy for their subject Sebba would undoubtedly claim that she is trying to understand the woman, but when you devote lu [...]


    5. Wallis Simpson was guilty of four things she was a woman, she was a commoner, she was a double divorcee and she was an American But, notwithstanding all these handicaps, she still managed to storm the House of Windsor She shook the fusty old English establishment and she got her man, even when the man happened to be a king The surprise here is even greater because there was something manly about this femme fatale I ll come to this in a bit but first a word or two about a wholly compelling indivi [...]


    6. I ve always been interested to know behind the story of Edward and Wallis I heard on a podcast that Anne Sebba had access to some letters that were previously unreleased so I chose her book for my education The first third of the book focuses on Wallis childhood and live before Edward This section was all new information for me and I found it well paced and entertaining Wallis mother had many struggles which helped to shape Wallis feelings towards money and security However, Sebba makes some cl [...]


    7. Normally, you d write a new biography of somebody whose life has already been extensively scutinised by various predecessors when new material becomes avialable, or your own research has unearthed something hitherto unknown That s definitely not the case in this current biography of Wallis Simpson by Anne Sebba.She trundles her way through Wallis s life, without any psychological insight, new research or having talked to contemporaries.She comes up with two startling opinions of her own, however [...]


    8. The story of Wallis Simpson and her relationship with Edward, the king who gave up his throne to marry her, continues to fascinate, 75 years after they were married The author gives us the facts and the speculation, being careful to distinguish between them Even after looking at all the documentation, including some new material, Sebba admits no one can explain the inexplicable how a middle aged woman who was not beautiful and who repeatedly humiliated Edward in front of their friends, was so co [...]


    9. Very readable bio of Wallis Simpson and the first written by a woman Whilst sympathetic, it s pretty much a warts and all look at the woman, her life and the impossible situation she found herself in.The one thing that did strike me while reading this was how much hasn t changed over the years The public s general attitude and response to the women royal men choose as consorts either out of love or duty has remained pretty much the same Earl s daughters are good especially if they produce a coup [...]


    10. I ignored the customer reviews and bought the book because although I was aware of Wallis Simpson, I didn t know that much about her and thought her story would be interesting.I only made it through a bit over half of the book before I gave up I couldn t read another sentence The book suffers from poor editing, but even with a good editor I don t know how you could turn Sebba s self indulgent writing into anything other than overly wordy conjectures I kept losing my place, getting confused betwe [...]


    11. Frankly, I was disappointed by this biography If you have never read about Wallis Simpson before, this book may make a good enough introduction I ve read about her all my life, though, and this book had no new information as well as a great deal of conjecture about hermaphrodism, substance abuse, and other un verifiable claims the hungry press made about her during and after her life This bio had very odd pacing About right for early years, then nearly half the book dealt with a sliver of time d [...]


    12. Just too factual and prone to the misgivings of gossips and unproven theories.As I read it, I kept wondering if the author just wrote down all her research in one go On one hand I appreciate how detached she is in her dealing but unfortunately it leads to a book that is dry and choppy in its flow Let alone the fact that there is just too much speculation about what may have been going in the Duchess of Windsor s life By the time I read the last chapter, I couldn t make out if the general percept [...]


    13. Mediocre book about a pair of vain, snobby people The best thing that happened to England and the Commonwealth is that Edward left the throne for the woman he loved He would have made a lousy king For that, we should be grateful to Wallisotherwise, she is best forgotten.


    14. I ve never been precisely sure about how I feel about the British royal family Of course, they benefit from my taxes but they also did away with many of their personal freedoms and general anonymity by their very birth right on entering this world Horses for courses one might say in England I mention all this because, in essence, the life of Wallis Warfield, Spencer, Simpson, WINDSOR was locked away into royalty from her first involvement with Edward VIII The exuberant American Wallis rarely liv [...]


    15. I only read this book, because I have read everything on the Dooch There are some documents that have released since the publication of the last batch of books some from the Queen Mother s correspondence, but basically they don t reveal anything new just reinforcements of what is known in terms of her Dominatrix personality with the Duke, her charm with men, her greed, the shallow life I get tired of guesses about her sexuality or her possible skills picked up in some shoo shoo house in Shanghai [...]


    16. This book was interesting to me, as I am currently living in London and need as many British history lessons as I can get But I found the writing fairly pedestrian Also, it was curious to me that the author says she feels Wallis has been unfairly portrayed as a horrid woman throughout history, so she wants to right this by granting her a fair portrayal Yet one comes away from this book with a fairly black picture of Wallis The author makes it pretty much impossible to like her I also found some [...]


    17. I thoroughly enjoyed this, but I think it had to do with the woman it was about then the book itself Wallis Simpson led a fascinating life, regardless of what you think of her, and for an Anglophile like me, it s loads of fun getting all the juicy details The book also covers her whole life, not just her marriage to the Duke of Windsor, and makes you seriously question how much of a love story for the ages their marriage really was The Duke comes off quite badly, a petulant stalker who traps Si [...]


    18. I m not a biography writing expert, but wild conjecture and unsubstantiated speculation seem like no nos to me That s what most of the 120 pages I got through felt like, and then I just gave up Sebba claims that Simpson was a hermaphrodite, and while this appears to be a popular rumor, she admits that there is no medical evidence to prove or disprove the possibility Only the fact that she was childless, not very pretty, and sought power like a man were cited as evidence that this might have been [...]


    19. I have wanted to read a book about Wallis Simpson for quite some time so I picked this book up after watching the documentary during a trip to England While a really enjoying read I found it difficult to accept some of the conjectures that Anne Sebba has made since there is no real evidence that backs them up except for remarks made by others who were not always fans of the couple The new evidence that drove this book to be published were letters that were discovered stating that Wallis Simpson [...]


    20. The story of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor has long been promoted as one of the greatest love stories of all time The world was stunned when, in 1936, Prince Edward soon to become King Edward VIII abdicated the throne of Great Britain in order to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American divorcee Author Anne Sebba s extensive research, including information from interviews and previously unpublished sources, sheds light on Wallis life and her relationship with Edward She attempts to answer th [...]


    21. Readable and well written bio of Wallis Simpson that concentrates on the early years and glosses over the last twenty years or so of her life For the most part meticulously researched and avoids the gossipy quality of royal biographies with the one glaring exception of Sebba s grotesque speculation that Simpson suffered from a genetic disorder along the lines of intersexuality, testicular feminization or hermaphroditism And this is really the rankest sort of speculation, based on no than her pr [...]


    22. Because this is such an enduring love story tragedy, this biography is pretty good just by virtue of it s subject matter I agree with some of the reviewers that the author brings up some issues with no proof to back her theories up She bandies around various rumours such as the one that the Duchess Wallis Simpson had a sexual disorder, and was possibly a hermaphrodite She also perpetuates the story I have heard before that Wallis learned some exotic sexual techniques in China, and that is perhap [...]


    23. Sebba sets out to show that history got it all wrong and that Wallis Simpson does not deserve to be classed as the vile woman she s gone down as Unfortunately, the facts speak for themselves and Wallis does come across as a gold digging harlot who ensnared the heir to the British throne in order to get as much money out of him as possible The future Edward VIII doesn t come across as particularly likable either so maybe Wallis did us all a favour by making sure somebody suitable got the throne [...]


    24. This book instantly lost some credibility with me when Ms Sebba makes dangerous, sensitive and unfounded medical assumptions to explain the actions and behavior of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson If I were her editor I would have of suggested to stick to the facts she can back up instead of devoting a whole chapter or repeatedly referencing it as if it was fact instead of crap.Other than the crap judgements, this book is what you can expect about this unusual relationship The constant strain [...]


    25. I started this without any burning desire to know about that woman , but quickly became involved in this account of someone whose life came to be defined by her marriage to King Edward VIII Though I found her on the whole unpleasant someone who made a career of avoiding a career, by seeking to marry money and status I eventually came to have a little sympathy for her It seems she was far from hell bent on marrying the king Rather she became unable to avoid it, and both she and her second husban [...]


    26. Really how could I give this anything else Wallis has been vilified Sure But considering her and the Duke of Windsor were two of the most evil people who ever lived maybe THEY deserved it Or perhaps the fact this book was so poorly written I couldn t help but laugh Maybe what really sealed the deal for me was the fact the author suggests Wallis was intersexed without providing any substantial evidence Real classy.Perhaps it deserves five stars because they really were the PERFECT COUPLE even if [...]


    27. It was so interesting to learn about her and Edward I don t doubt that their love was real but I think Edward s was the genuine emotion Two strange characters indeed and the impact on British and world history is remarkable.


    28. Very interesting Wallis come across as a very sad lonely and insecure woman and while she brought most of her troubles on herself I think she probably underestimated the might of the royal family, however she did us a favour as Edward wouldn t have made a very good king.


    29. interesting new research into the life of the duchess of winsdor and sheds new light on her character and maybe biological problems


    30. I started reading this because my interest in Wallis was piqued when watching The Crown I had some preconceived notions of who Wallis was, without knowing much and I m glad that I read this biography as a result.I found the first third quite slow, but I suppose important to understanding her character I found the historical and political context really interesting to read about The biography isn t overly sympathetic or sycophantic, I think it quite balanced.My only issue is that the author sugge [...]


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