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The Second-Last Woman in England, by Maggie Joel

Library Journal reviews Second-Last Woman in England

Library Journal reviews Maggie Joel’s The Second-Last Woman in England in the voice of Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess Violet! (no, seriously):

“It all starts with the purchase of a console television, so it’s no surprise that things end badly. The television is to ensure that the Wallis family, their friends, and anointed neighbors can watch the coronation on June 2, 1953, of that Windsor girl in the ease of their comfortable South Kensington home. Just as the newly crowned queen steps out onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace, Mrs. Wallis fires six bullets into her husband and is duly tried and found guilty, becoming the second-to-last woman in England to be executed. Once the author has our attention, the story slowly and with totally convincing and elaborate detail portrays the pressure cooker that is that ‘ideal’ 1950s London home.”

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