Andrew Lownie

Traitor King

County Buildings
Online event
Sun 3 Oct
13:00 UK
£0.00 to £9.00

This is a live audience event. Participants will be on stage in the venue. The event will also be simultaneously streamed on our website. Online access is free but please pay what you can. Booking for online events is optional, but by reserving an online ticket you will receive a reminder beforehand.

Nuanced and meticulously researched, Traitor King is an unflinching exploration of the dramatic and controversial lives of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson after his abdication. Beginning at the moment when most turn away, Lownie reveals the dramatic story of a Royal forced into exile, and a couple obsessed with their status, who financially exploited their position and manipulated the media to portray themselves as victims. Drawing upon hitherto unexplored archives, Lownie shows how their glittering, brittle world was riddled with treachery and betrayal, and why the Royal family never forgave the Duke for choosing love over duty.

About the author: Andrew Lownie is a literary agent and the author of a biography of John Buchan, a literary companion to Edinburgh, a prize-winning biography of the spy Guy Burgess, and most recently, a bestselling book about the Mountbattens.

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Traitor King is available from the Wigtown Book Festival shop HERE

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