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Wallis Simpson's Diary 2nd Revised ed. Edition

3.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1907172922
ISBN-10: 1907172920
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: New Generation Publishing; 2nd Revised ed. edition (December 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907172920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907172922
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,249,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book as a historical document about Wallis Simpson. I found the language strangely modern. I then turned to the inside cover which reads: "This book is a work of fiction All names and persons are either products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously within the historical content of the year 1934." It seems fairly well researched, I could find no websites reviewing it that were in on "the joke," all of them quote the back cover which describes the book as the recently released diaries of Wallis Simpson, expertly edited by the author. Which once you understand, is obviously a joke too, noting that this book is written by "Helen Batting" a "distinguished" novelist, etc who is "not to be confused with the author of Bridget Jones Diary". Apparently the author is a gentleman named Michael Montgomery. In my brief internet search I don't think there were any recently released diaries. Anyhoo-its somewhat hilarious that numerous websites refer to this book using the information from the book jacket in their bibliographies discussing historical works about the famous romance.

This is an amusing read once you know what you are reading. A la bridget jones, each chapter is a month, with the title referring to the heroine's progress in her pursuit. Quick, effective language. I personally would have appreciated an effort at more historically correct language. I think I would have reviewed this higher if I started out knowing I was reviewing some biographical fiction, such as The Paris Wife. I personally find it unsatisfying, as I am constantly wondering what is actually based on true knowledge. Once again, the give away is that there are no references at the end of the book.
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This book is neither the diary of Wallis Simpson nor a historical representation of her thoughts. It is pure fiction, as it points out in the inside cover of the book. In short, the title is a misrepresentation of the truth, and it should have clearly stated on the cover that it is work of fiction. For Amazon not to state this or include this in the first review is a disservice to buyers who are looking for serious historical works. Helen Batting did not edit this book, she fabricated it as fiction as she clearly states: "This book is a work of fiction. All names and persons are either products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously within the historical context of the year 1934. Any resemblance to any name or person now existing is therefore entirely coincidental." Any resemblance to historical truth is also coincidental.
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The inside page says, "This is a work of fiction." I didn't know this until I bought it. I thought it was real.
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