The hilarious and touching new novel from Laurie Graham; the fictional diary of Mrs Simpson's best friend in pre-war London. Laurie Graham's new novel is the fictional diary of Maybell Brumby, a wealthy American widow who arrives in London in 1932 and discovers that an old school friend is in town; Bessie Wallis Warfield, now Mrs Ernest Simpson. Maybell and Wally are made for one another. The one has money and a foothold in good society, courtesy of a sister who married well. The other has ruthless ambition and enough energy to power the National Grid. Before the year is out Wally has begun her seduction of the Prince of Wales, and as she clambers towards the throne she makes sure Maybell and her cheque book are always close at hand. So Maybell becomes an eye-witness to the Abdication Crisis. From her perch in Carlton Gardens, home of her influential brother-in-law Lord Melhuish, she has the perfect vantage point for observing the anxious, changing allegiances for and against Queen Wally, and the political contours of pre-war London. When the crisis comes and Wally flees to the south of France, she insists on Maybell going with her. 'Are you sure that's advisable, darling?' asks the King. 'Of course it is,' snaps Wally. 'She's the Paymaster General.' Maybell's diary records the marriage, the Windsors' exile, and the changing complexion of the Greatest Love Story. It takes the sound of German jackboots at the gate and personal tragedy to make her close its pages for the last time.
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Praise for Mr Starlight: Graham offers a wonderfully effervescent history of mid-20th-century show business...a touching, convincing and uplighting book'. Daily Telegraph 'Mr Starlight is just as fresh and even more ambitious that Graham's previous bestsellers... Delicious.' Elaine Showalter, Guardian 'Laurie Graham's skill in constructing a story which is both sensational and thought-provoking is impressive.' TLS 'A wonderful addition to everybody's summer reading list.' Red - Book of the Month 'Funny and energetic right to the end, and a must for anybody who can remember Liberace.' Joanna Trollope, Observer 'Summer Reading' 'Compellingly well written and stylish with it.' The Observer Praise for Laurie Graham: 'She has wit and insight to match Nick Hornby, and the entertainment value of Helen Fielding.' Nicolette Jones, Independent 'A marvel. Graham's style is riveting, hilarious one-liners falling in quick succession.' Anthea Lawson, The Times 'You can't help being charmed by a woman who describes being sexually smitten as "the same pleasant shock as the first time I touched a frog". Wildly funny.' Sunday Times
About Laurie Graham
Laurie Graham is the author of 8 novels. The Ten O'Clock Horses, was shortlisted for the Encore Award and dramatized for Radio 4, as was Perfect Meringues. Later titles are The Dress Circle, Dog Days, Glenn Miller Nights, The Future Homemakers of America, The Unfortunates, and most recently, Mr Starlight. Laurie is a former Daily Telegraph columnist and contributing editor to SHE magazine, and wrote the best-selling Parents' Survival Guide. In addition to her novels she writes original dramas and adaptations for BBC Radio. Her ten episode dramatization of Little Women can be heard on Woman's Hour starting August 2nd 2004. Born and raised in Leicester, Laurie now lives in Venice with her American husband. Related websites: www lauriegraham.com
Gone With the Windsors by Laurie Graham
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