As most of you already know, I love British history and many other things about Great Britian! I often say that if I had not wanted to be an interior designer, I would have been most happy to read history. Recently, I purchased the book, That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson Duchess of Windsor , by Anne Sebba.
I have several other interesting books on the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and have long been intrigued by their story. That Woman is very well written and held my attention until the very last page.
Another book that also gives a window into the lives of this bizarre couple is The Private World of The Duke and Duchess Of Windsor by Hugo Vickers.
I have had this book for several years , but decided to re-read it a bit while reading That Woman. This book speaks to the restoration of the Duke and Duchess’s home in Paris. Mohamed Al Fayed acquired the Windsor home and ensured that it was restored to its original splendor. He also arranged to have the historic contents preserved and catalogued. I find it most interesting that this home was the last place to which Dodi Fayed, his son, took another royal outsider, Princess Diana, hours before her tragic death in Paris in the early hours of 31 August 1997.
I must confess that when reading a really engaging book, I often start reading other books on the same subject or a related subject. This is often very hectic, but this occurs while I am traveling and tempted to pick up paperback books in airport shops. While traveling this past month, I have read two related novels that were interesting and easy reading that I would recommend if this subject intrigues you as it does me. One is , Abdication by Juliet Nicolson and the other is Princess Elizabeth’s Spy by susan Elia Macneal.
The style of Wallis Simpson and her constant determination to control her fate is interesting as well as food for thought! I thought you just might want to add some or all of these books to your “Collected Library”!