D.J. Taylor The Windsor Faction

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The Windsor Faction

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A taut and gripping thriller: King Edward VIII is on the throne and keen to broker peace at any cost -- WWII could turn out very differently.
     Autumn 1939. In a parallel world where Edward VIII never abdicated and the Second World War might have taken a very different course.
     Storm clouds gather over Europe, German troops amass and a 'King's Party' of fascist peace campaigners is stealthily undermining the war-effort. Country house parties teem with conspiring Tory MPs, an American Embassy clerk pilfers Presidential telegrams and paranoia grips MI5. In the offices of Duration magazine Cynthia Kirkpatrick finds herself at the centre of a web of intrigue. Journalist Beverley Nichols is engaged on the most important commission of his life -- a speech for King Edward VIII that will shock the nation. As history threatens to derail, both learn that taking sides can be a very dangerous business.

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D.J. TAYLOR's novels include English Settlement, which won a Grinzane Cavour Prize, Trespass and Derby Day, both of which were long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and Kept: A Victorian Mystery, a Publishers' Weekly Book of the Year. His other books include After the War: The Novel and England Since 1945, Thackeray, Orwell: The Life, which won the 2003 Whitbread Biography Prize, and Bright Young People: The Rise and Fall of a Generation 1918-1940. He lives in Norwich with his wife, the novelist Rachel Hore, and their three sons.

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What would have happened if King Edward VIII of Great Britain had not abdicated in 1936? That is the poser of Taylor’s new novel. Wallis Simpson has died of appendicitis, leaving Edward a grieving king with mildly pro-German feelings. As German troops are massing, a strong faction in England is secretly campaigning to undermine the war effort. Back from her father’s tea plantation in Ceylon, Cynthia Kirkpatrick begins working for a fledgling literary magazine and is thrown together with a disparate group, hovering in and about the faction. When she falls for a handsome American who says he’s a code worker from the American embassy, she finds herself taking sides and suddenly in serious danger. Taylor writes as if he lived in 1930s England, with a languid grace that suddenly ripens into suspense. The characters are as mesmerizing as the plot is well-paced and intricate. And the question of whether Edward will follow the faction or his own mind remains tense to the end. --Elizabeth Dickie

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