The Last of the Duchess
This is the fascinating and startling story of journalist and novelist Caroline Blackwood's search for the late Duchess of Windsor. In 1980, the London Sunday Times commissioned Lord Snowdon to photograph the Duchess, who was then living outside of Paris, and Blackwood was asked to go along to report. But it is Maitre Suzanne Blum, one of the most powerful lawyers in France, who becomes the central figure of Blackwood's story. Fierce and controlling, Blum holds the Duchess a virtual prisoner in her grand but now shuttered house in the Bois de Boulogne, keeping away all visitors. In Blum, Blackwood brings to life a wily old Gorgon - alternately vulnerable and ruthless, paranoid and perverse - who has begun interweaving her life with that of the Duchess.
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Only for over-the-top Duchess of Windsor fans. Nothing new. Never met the Duchess. The story was more about the author than the purported subject. I wouldn't bother with this author again and do not ... Read full review
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In 1980 when the London Sunday Times commissioned Lord Snowden to photograph the 84-year-old Duchess of Windsor, then living outside of Paris, Blackwood was asked to accompany him as a reporter. Alas ... Read full review