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Hungerford Traitor King talk postponed as author tests positive for Covid

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Unfortunately, historian Andrew Lownie who was due to talk about his Sunday Times bestselling book Traitor King tomorrow night (Wednesday) at the Croft Hall, Hungerford, has tested positive for Covid and so the event has been rescheduled for Friday, December 17 (7.30pm).

If you have already booked a ticket (either on-line or in-person) and you can make the new date then you don't need to do anything and organisers Hungerford Bookshop will assume you are coming. If you cannot make this new time then pop in to the bookshop or request a refund via Eventbrite.

The King of England, Edward VIII, has given up his Crown, foregoing his duty for the love of Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee. Their courtship has been dogged by controversy and scandal, but with Edward's abdication, they can live happily ever after. But do they? Beginning his astonishing biography at the moment most turn away, bestselling historian Andrew Lownie reveals the dramatic lives of the Windsors post-abdication.

Andrew Lownie
Andrew Lownie

This is a story of a Royal shut out by his family and forced into exile; of the Nazi attempts to recruit the Duke to their cause, and of why the Duke, as Governor of the Bahamas, tried to shut down the investigation into the murder of a close friend. It is a story of a couple obsessed with their status, financially exploiting their position, and manipulating the media to portray themselves as victims. The Windsors were, in their day, the most glamorous exiles in the world, flitting from sumptuously appointed mansions in the south of France to luxurious residences in Palm Beach.

But they were spoiled, selfish people, obsessed with their image and revelling in adulterous affairs. 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.

Andrew Lownie will be talking about his book, followed by questions from the audience & a book signing in The Croft Hall, Hungerford at 7:30pm on Wednesday December 17.

Traitor King
Traitor King

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