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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,218 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Sebba Narrator: Samantha Bond Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781427222855
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The first full scale biography of Wallis Simpson to be written by a woman, exploring the mind of one of the most glamorous and reviled figures of the Twentieth Century, a character who played prominently in the blockbuster film The King's Speech.

This is the story of the American divorcee notorious for allegedly seducing a British king off his throne. "That woman," so called by Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, was born Bessie Wallis Warfield in 1896 in Baltimore. Neither beautiful nor brilliant, she endured an impoverished childhood, which fostered in her a burning desire to rise above her circumstances.

Acclaimed biographer Anne Sebba offers an eye-opening account of one of the most talked about women of her generation. It explores the obsessive nature of Simpson's relationship with Prince Edward, the suggestion that she may have had a Disorder of Sexual Development, and new evidence showing she may never have wanted to marry Edward at all.

Since her death, Simpson has become a symbol of female empowerment as well as a style icon. But her psychology remains an enigma. Drawing from interviews and newly discovered letters, That Woman shines a light on this captivating and complex woman, an object of fascination that has only grown with the years.

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  • “Brought to brilliant light in this responsible, respectful biography. Booklist on Jennie Churchill

  • A rigorously objective book… Fascinating. Financial Times on Mother Teresa

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice Laimbeer | 2/6/2014

    " Very interesting book ! Includes information from diaries and letters never before published. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/5/2014

    " I've always wanted to read a book on Wallis Simpson and this was a very good one. Actually it's a very sad story of two totally broken people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pauline | 1/20/2014

    " A lot to tell you about Wallis's early life and her early character. But nothing new toad about her marriage to David. I must admit towards the end I was bored. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alia Barker parsons | 12/29/2013

    " This book makes lots of unfounded assumptions. It reads as if written by a name dropping gossip, whose facts are pulled out of thin air. Frequently cites the correspondence between Edward and Wallis as self-involved. Of course they were self involved it was private love letters to one another. In an effort to appear unbiased the author slings mud at Wallis, Edward, the English government, and the press, thus leaving the reader annoyed and still uneducated two of the most fascinating characters in history! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Ann | 12/28/2013

    " Wallas Simpson was neither all bad nor all good. She did not know when she had a good thing (husband no. 1, Ernest Simpson). However she did save the British from a weak and lazy king. And for that reason only, we should be thankful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 12/28/2013

    " Very interesting. Learned a lot about a very interesting time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kit | 12/28/2013

    " Surprising page turner! So interesting and well-written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jo | 12/21/2013

    " I enjoyed reading about Wallis Simpson, but I also felt it was quite distanced from her as a person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 12/21/2013

    " A total snore. The author surmises and then goes on to renege on her beliefs. Weird. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 12/15/2013

    " More factual emphasis through Wallis's own letters on her state of mind during the courtship and abdication crisis. Less emotion and therefore less blame on her directly and more on the circumstances and mores of the times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/10/2013

    " This book was poorly written and often skipped around with any explanation. The use of 130 names without any refresher on who the characters were was also disturbing. I would not recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suz | 12/8/2013

    " Opportunistic flirt who got in over her head with an obsessive King. In many ways, a very sad story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aoife O'Brien | 12/4/2013

    " Incredibly interesting and insightful - I love books that educate you about the lives of such interesting people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margot | 10/4/2013

    " I have read and seen movies about Walls and Edward and since moving to Baltimore have become even more interested. This is one of the best I have read. Really objective and very entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Frances | 8/14/2013

    " Oddly boring and not very insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgann | 4/15/2013

    " It was so interesting to learn more about her and Edward. I don't doubt that their love was real but I think Edward's was the more genuine emotion. Two strange characters indeed and the impact on British and world history is remarkable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Masiello | 10/15/2012

    " this was a great read, I never really read about the life of Wallis Simpson and really enjoyed this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda | 10/7/2012

    " oooh I loved this book so much,made me go and order up other books of the period too after reading it.Whilst I didn't exactly feel sorry for Wallis,I did sympathise with her but was fantastic reading,couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicola | 10/4/2012

    " Not a brilliant read but insightful about something I knew little about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ingrid | 8/30/2012

    " Nothing really new about this woman. Always fascinating to see how history changes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 NerdGirlBlogger | 8/11/2012

    " I just had a hard time with this book--not sure why, but I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndi | 5/28/2012

    " This was a good book. A bit slow to get through but that is only because I have other books I had to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M | 5/10/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was a very engaging read, and I hadn't realized how little I really knew about the infamous Wallis Simpson! Definitely recommended if you enjoy biographies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 4/3/2012

    " too much negative unfounded spectulation about Wallis Simpson "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Daulton | 3/26/2012

    " I really liked this book..fascinating look at this couple.... "

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About the Author
Author Anne SebbaAnne Sebba is a biographer, lecturer, and former Reuters foreign correspondent who has written books including That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor. She is a member of the Society of Authors Executive Committee. She lives in London.
About the Narrator

Samantha Bond is best known for her role as Miss Moneypenny in several James Bond films, including Die Another Day, The World is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies, and GoldenEye. Her many television credits include Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Inspector Morse, Midsomer Murders, Rumpole of the Bailey, and Downton Abbey. She is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and has appeared in multiple performances on Broadway and London’s West End. She starred opposite Dame Judi Dench in David Hare’s award-winning play Amy’s View at the Royal National Theatre. Her audiobook credits include reading works by Agatha Christie and John Milton.