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The Darkness of Wallis Simpson

(2005)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Wonderful collection of new short stories, the majority published here for the first time Wallis Simpson, the twice-divorced American woman for whom Edward VIII abdicated in 1936, ended her life (as the Duchess of Windsor) as the prisoner of her lawyer who would not allow anyone - friend, foe or journalist - to visit her in her Paris flat. Rose Tremain takes this true story and transforms it into an imaginative and ironic fiction. Her thesis is that Wallis, gaga and bed-ridden, has forgotten the king who gave up an empire for love of her. This superb story plays with the selectiveness of memory: why does Wallis recall the seemingly unimportant, while forgetting the glory days of her notoriety? She can remember her first two husbands - one a bit of a brute, the other very boring - but not the world-famous third one. The other stories in this magnificent collection range over a variety of themes, equally original and unexpected. An East German border guard, redundant after the Berlin Wall comes down in 1989, imagines that he might still have a purpose in life: he tries to reach Russia by bicycling across the hostile wastes of Poland. A jilted man gets his revenge. A baby grows wings. A character in an Impressionist painting escapes from his 'frame' - or does he? And there's a Christmas story set in a seedy hotel...

Genre: General Fiction

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Hardback Editions

October 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Darkness Of Wallis Simpson
Author(s): Rose Tremain
ISBN: 1-86056-032-6 / 978-1-86056-032-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Paperback Editions

September 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Darkness of Wallis Simpson
Author(s): Rose Tremain
ISBN: 0-09-926856-6 / 978-0-09-926856-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

March 2017 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Darkness of Wallis Simpson
Author(s): Rose Tremain
ISBN: 1-4893-8643-2 / 978-1-4893-8643-4 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
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March 2017 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Darkness of Wallis Simpson
Author(s): Rose Tremain
ISBN: 1-4893-8644-0 / 978-1-4893-8644-1 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
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August 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Darkness of Wallis Simpson, The
Author(s): Rose Tremain
ISBN: 1-5318-0440-3 / 978-1-5318-0440-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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June 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Darkness of Wallis Simpson
Author(s): Rose Tremain
Publisher: Audible Studios
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June 2014 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Darkness of Wallis Simpson
Author(s): Rose Tremain
Publisher: Audible Studios
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June 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Darkness of Wallis Simpson
Author(s): Rose Tremain
Publisher: Audible Studios
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June 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Darkness of Wallis Simpson
Author(s): Rose Tremain
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

November 2011 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Darkness of Wallis Simpson (Storycuts)
Author(s): Rose Tremain
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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February 2011 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Darkness of Wallis Simpson
Author(s): Rose Tremain
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU