When I heard about D.J. Taylor's forthcoming novel The Windsor Faction a few months ago, I earmarked it straightaway as one to read, and I'm delighted that a copy has arrived today. Here's the gist:
"Autumn 1939. In a parallel world where Edward VIII never abdicated and the Second World War might have taken a very different course ...
Storm clouds gather over Europe, German troops amass and a 'King's Party' of fascist peace campaigners is stealthily undermining the war-effort. Country house parties teem with conspiring Tory MPs, an American Embassy clerk pilfers presidential telegrams and paranoia grips MI5.
In the offices of Duration magazine Cynthia Kirkpatrick finds herself at the centre of a web of intrigue. Journalist Beverley Nichols is engaged on the most important commision of his life - a speech for King Edward VIII that will shock the nation. As history threatens to derail, both learn that taking sides can be a very dangerous business."