Catherine's Reviews > That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

That Woman by Anne Sebba
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Mar 20, 2012

did not like it

I ignored the customer reviews and bought the book because although I was aware of Wallis Simpson, I didn’t know that much about her and thought her story would be interesting.

I only made it through a bit over half of the book before I gave up. I couldn’t read another sentence! The book suffers from poor editing, but even with a good editor I don’t know how you could turn Sebba’s self-indulgent writing into anything other than overly wordy conjectures. I kept losing my place, getting confused between characters, and too often had to read the same sentence over due to double negatives or just plain bad writing.

Other reviewers have noted her speculations about Wallis having SDS or sexual development disorder. Sebba has absolutely no proof, refers to it more than once, and perhaps pulled it out of thin air in an effort to make Wallis’s story more salacious in order to sell books.
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March 1, 2012 – Finished Reading
March 20, 2012 – Shelved

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