The Last of the Duchess
Paperback, 80 pages ISBN: 9781848422063Publication Date:
20 Oct 2011
Size: 198mm x 130mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
First Staged:
Hampstead Theatre, London, 2011

The Last of the Duchess

By Nicholas Wright

Paperback £9.99£7.99

A compelling study of the corruption of fame, the lure of money and the betrayal that lurks at the heart of portraying the people around us, or the people we love. Based on Caroline Blackwood's book of the same name.

1980. The Sunday Times plans a fabulous journalistic coup: a photograph by Lord Snowdon of the long-reclusive Duchess of Windsor. Lady Caroline Blackwood, novelist, wit and journalist, is dispatched to Paris to secure it. But no sooner has she entered the Windsor mansion than she finds herself locked in battle with the Duchess's octogenarian lawyer, Maître Suzanne Blum.

As the conflict ignites between them, Caroline begins to find Blum decidedly more fascinating than the Duchess herself. Where did she come from? What's her obsession? How did she get power of attorney over the Windsor fortune? Cruellest of all, why has she deprived the Duchess of her vodka? One of the Duchess's last loyal friends, Diana Mosley, introduces a further mystery: why do the famous Windsor jewels keep appearing anonymously on the international market? And since no one has seen the Duchess, what proof is there that she is even still alive?

Nicholas Wright's play The Last of the Duchess was first staged at Hampstead Theatre, London, in 2011.

Press Quotes

'Tinged with nostalgia, it's also witty and original'

Evening Standard

'Richly comic but also unexpectedly moving'

Telegraph
Paperback, 80 pages ISBN: 9781848422063Publication Date:
20 Oct 2011
Size: 198mm x 130mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)

Also by Nicholas Wright:

His Dark Materials (stage version)
Nicholas Wright: Five Plays
Treetops
Cressida
The Desert Air
Lulu
Vincent in Brixton
Regeneration (stage version)
The Slaves of Solitude (stage version)
Mrs Klein
The Reporter
8 Hotels
Rattigan's Nijinsky
Naked
One Fine Day
Travelling Light
Thérèse Raquin (National Theatre version)
The Custom of the Country
Three Sisters (National Theatre version)
John Gabriel Borkman

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