Author: Rose Tremain
This title story is based on the final days of Wallis Simpson, the twice-divorced American woman for whom Edward Vlll abdicated in 1936. Wallis Simpson ended her days as a prisoner in her own flat in Paris, prevented any contact by her lawyer who would not allow anyone to visit her. Rose Tremain takes this true story and transforms it into an imaginative and ironic fiction. Imprisoned in her Paris flat, Wallis Simpson is bedridden and unable to remember the king who gave up empire for love of her. 'Moving and tragic...the darkness of Rose Tremain is never far from the surface in this brilliantly written short story collection' Express.