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Author Former Governor-General Orville Turnquest Launches Historic, Revealing Work
By Diane Phillips, DP&A
Dec 6, 2016 - 10:05:04 AM

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Former Governor-General Sir Orville Turnquest presents a signed copy of his book, What Manner of Man is This? to Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor-General of The Bahamas during a special presentation at Government House. (Photo by Kovah Duncombe for DPA.)

Nassau, Bahamas - Surrounded by a small group of family and friends, Sir Orville Turnquest, former Governor-General presented the first copy of his book, What Manner of Man is This? to the current Governor-General Lady Marguerite Pindling during a brief ceremony celebrating the book’s worldwide publication at an official launch held at Government House.

Although many books have been written about the royal couple, Sir Orville’s incisive book is the only one that focus exclusively on the Duke’s administration while Royal Governor of The Bahamas from 1940-1945 after he abdicated the throne as King of England in order to marry the twice-divorced Mrs. Wallis Simpson.

While the world reveled in what was portrayed as both one of the greatest love stories of all time and the scandal of the century, the reality for The Bahamas was that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor viewed his assignment as Royal Governor as severe punishment, banishment to a far-flung island country without any of the trappings of a royal life. Though they gave of themselves personally in times of crisis, they never truly warmed to the people of the island nation, nor did they reciprocate the warmth with which Bahamians showered them.

Diane Gedymin, publisher of Grant’s Town Press, brings remarks during the launch of What Manner of Man is This? at Government House. Sir Orville Turnquest, the author and former Governor-General looks on. (Photo by Kovah Duncombe for DPA.)

Diane Gedymin, publisher of Grant’s Town Press, states that, “This incisive book reveals the Duke and Duchess as racially biased, unwilling to disturb the status quo, and who fell far short of making a positive impact during his tenure.”

The book will be available at all major book stores in New Providence, Grand Bahama, Eleuthera and Abaco. The hardcover edition will be available at $35 and paperback for $25.20 and the eBook on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, iBooks and other eBook retailers worldwide.
Sir Orville Turnquest, former Governor-General presents a signed copy of his book What Manner of Man is This? to Dr. Rodney Smith, president of the University of The Bahamas as Mrs. Smith looks on. (Photo by Kovah Duncombe for DPA.)

Family & friends gathered at Government House for the launch of What Manner of Man is This? by Sir Orville Turnquest, former Governor-General. The book gives an historical account of the Duke of Windsor’s time and governance in The Bahamas. (Photo by Kovah Duncombe for DPA.)

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