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ANDREW LOWNIE

Sunday Times bestselling author Andrew Lownie makes a welcome return to TAL with his much-awaited new book, Traitor King: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Exile.

 

In this explosive book he examines the years following the abdication of Edward VIII when the former king was kept in exile, feuding with his family over status for his wife, Wallis Simpson, and denied any real job.  Drawing on extensive research into hitherto unused archives and Freedom of Information requests, it makes the case that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were not the naïve dupes of the Germans, but actively intrigued against Britain in both war and peace.

 

Traitor King reveals the true story behind the German attempts to recruit the Duke, the efforts, by Churchill in particular, to cover this up; the reasons why the Duke, as Governor of the Bahamas, tried to shut down the investigation into the murder of a close friend, and shines light on the relationship between the Duke and Wallis, revealing it to be far from the love story it is often assumed to be.

 

Andrew Lownie was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he was President of the Union, before taking his Masters and doctorate at Edinburgh University.  A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and former visiting fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, he now runs his own literary agency.  He has written for The Times, Telegraph, Wall Street Journal, Spectator and Guardian.  His previous biographies include lives of the writer John Buchan and the prize-winning Stalin’s Englishman on the Cambridge spy Guy Burgess.  Andrew’s previous book The Mountbattens, was a Sunday Times bestseller and a Waterstones Book of the Year.