Devon author Rachel Trethewey talks about her latest book Before Wallis, which tells the story of the other women in Edward VIII’s life before he met Mrs Simpson. Recreating the decadent atmosphere of the interwar years, the book follows the future king’s relationships with Rosemary Leveson-Gower, Freda Dudley Ward and Thelma Furness.
Rachel Trethewey was born and educated in Torquay. After leaving Torquay Girls’ Grammar school she read History at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. While at university she won the Philip Geddes Prize for student journalism. Her subsequent journalistic career involved working on the women’s pages of the Daily Mail and Daily Express. When she returned to Devon she became education correspondent on Westcountry Television. After marrying and starting a family she went to Exeter University where she completed an MA in Victorian Studies and a PhD in English. Before Wallis is her third book, she has also written Mistress of the Arts and Pearls Before Poppies.