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Abdication by Juliet Nicolson
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Jul 24, 2012

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Read in April, 2012 — I own a copy

I expected this book to be about the abdication of Edward VIII, but that story was more in the background. The story of the attraction betweeen the chauffeur [May] and the family friend [Julien] was what captured my interest. This book was compared to Upstairs,Downstairs, and, while it did have servants with their own thoughts and lives who lived "downstairs", the characters of the servants were not well drawn. There are also lots of clandestine parliamentary meetings to discuss "the king's business with Wallis" and the increasing presence of facists. All in all, it presents a good picture of life in England during the period between the wars, with all the various things that are going on.

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