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  • Published: 28 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446450550
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

The Darkness of Wallis Simpson

A wonderful collection of short stories from the Orange prize-winning author.

Wallis Simpson, the twice-divorced American woman for whom Edward Vlll abdicated in 1936, ended her life 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.

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...

  • Published: 28 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446450550
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the author

Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain’s novels and short stories have been published in thirty countries and have won many awards, including the Orange Prize (The Road Home), the Dylan Thomas Award (The Colonel's Daughter and Other Stories), the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music & Silence) and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Sacred Country). Her most recent novel, The Gustav Sonata, was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller. It won the National Jewish Book Award in the US, the South Bank Sky Arts Award in the UK and was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. Rose Tremain was made a CBE in 2007 and a Dame in 2020. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes.


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Praise for The Darkness of Wallis Simpson

Classic, breathtaking Tremain

Independent on Sunday, Books of the Year

Mordantly perceptive tales

Sunday Times

Moving and tragic...the darkness of Rose Tremain is never far from the surface in this brilliantly written short story collection


Written with the deft imagination we've come to know and love from Rose Tremain

Good Housekeeping

A distinguished collection

Stephanie Cross, Observer

Sprightly and inventive

Daily Telegraph

Her exactness and lightness of touch in scene-setting are used to superb effect in her short stories...Tremain is restless in her exploration of voices

Independent on Sunday

This collection is a jewel-box containing gems of near perfection... She's a consistently superior writer. Do yourself - and literature - a service: Read her

Globe & Mail

Rose Tremain is a prolific and much lauded writer but here she is at her best

Rebecca Newman, Daily Telegraph

Painful moments of self-revelation are expertly drawn

Sunday Herald

Striking collection of stories

Sunday Telegraph

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