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The American Duchess


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Anna Pasternak is a writer and member of the famous Pasternak family: her great-grandfather was Leonid, the impressionist painter, her great-uncle was Boris the Nobel prize winning novelist, her grandmother was Josephine the philosopher and her father is revered Oxford biochemist Professor Charles Pasternak. Anna was educated at Christ Church College, Oxford and is the author of a number of books, most recently Lara.


Praise for Anna Pasternak:

#1 January book on Ophrah.com

'Riveting, tragic tale' New Yorker

'A gripping and well-researched book' Express

'What makes the book unputdownable is Pasternak's lively and detailed retelling of this ever-fascinating, ridiculously poignant love story.' The Times

'Anna Pasternak's empathetic study of Wallis emphasises her intelligence, independence and unwillingness to ruin the life of the man she loved.' Guardian

'Pasternak's mission here, accomplished with style and discernment, is to give appropriate balance to how history has proffered Mrs. Simpson's character and motives (many have viewed her as a gold-digger) and recorded her role in the abdication crisis. What Pasternak poignantly reveals is that both the king and Mrs. Simpson demonstrated incredible naivete about the consequences of their marriage.' Booklist

'[A] gripping if sad chapter in history and she tells it well' Evening Standard

'Meticulously researched' Sunday Times

'Anna Pasternak has produced an irresistible account of joy, suffering and passion' Financial Times

'A story with enough romance and suffering to make a moving novel or film in its own right' Observer

'Anna Pasternak does not spare an ounce of drama nor detail .... a profoundly moving meditation on love, loyalty, and, ultimately, forgiveness' Amanda Foreman

'A ... marvellously interesting book ...fascinating' Spectator

'Passionate and intriguing ... this is a brave and necessary rebuttal to much of the historical record' Country & Town House

'A fascinating story' Country Life

'An enchanting love story, wonderfully told' Sir Ronald Harwood

'Pasternak offers a variety of thought-provoking arguments to counter the accepted wisdom about Simpson ... Those who have read other accounts will want to look at this other side.' Kirkus

'Accomplished with style and discernment' Booklist

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