Author: Lownie, Andrew
Brand: Blink Publishing
Number Of Pages: 496
Release Date: 25-06-2020
Details: Product Description
'Richly entertaining... impressively well-researched'
Daily Mail, Biography of the Year
The Sunday Times bestselling biography of the glamorous couple behind the modern royal family, the aunt and uncle of Prince Philip.
DICKIE MOUNTBATTEN: A major figure behind his nephew Philip's marriage to Queen Elizabeth II and instrumental in the Royal Family taking the Mountbatten name, he was Supreme Allied Commander of South East Asia during World War II and the last Viceroy of India.
EDWINA MOUNTBATTEN: Once the richest woman in Britain and a playgirl who enjoyed numerous affairs, she emerged from World War II as a magnetic and talented humanitarian worker loved around the world.
From British high society to the South of France, from the battlefields of Burma to the Viceroy's House,
The Mountbattens is a rich and filmic story of a powerful partnership, revealing the truth behind a carefully curated legend.
Was Mountbatten one of the outstanding leaders of his generation, or a man over-promoted because of his royal birth, high-level connections, film-star looks and ruthless self-promotion? What is the true story behind controversies such as the Dieppe Raid and Indian Partition, the love affair between Edwina and Nehru, and Mountbatten's assassination in 1979?
Based on over 100 interviews, research from dozens of archives and new information released under Freedom of Information requests, prize-winning historian Andrew Lownie sheds new light on this remarkable couple.
'Painstakingly researched... genuinely enthralling'
'A page-turner which is also a carefully researched work of history'
'A compelling new biography...superbly researched'
'Incisive... strongly recommend'
One of the few joys of lockdown for me. Lownie is an unusual biographer in that he is at once a great investigative journalist, but also a fine writer. ―
Tim Walker, journalist and broadcaster
Richly entertaining... impressively well-researched ―
Daily Mail, Biography of the Year
Incisive... strongly recommend ―
A study in aggressive social climbing [with] quick-moving fluency ―
Painstakingly researched... genuinely enthralling ―
A page-turner which is also a carefully researched work of history ―
A compelling new biography...superbly researched ―
Everything a top-notch biography should be ―
Well-researched, enjoyable, revealing ―
By dint of prodigious research, Lownie has stripped away the accretions of fable and fiction to give us an unvarnished double portrait. It is vivid, well balanced and often sympathetic ―
Drawing on four years of research around the world, a new biography of the glamorous couple behind the modern royal family, from the award-winning author Andrew Lownie.
About the Author
Andrew Lownie was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he was Dunster History Prizeman and President of the Union, before taking his Masters and doctorate at Edinburgh University. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and former visiting fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, he has run his own literary agency since 1988. A trustee of the Campaign for Freedom of Information and President of The Biographers' Club, he has written for
Wall Street Journal,
Guardian. His previous biographies include lives of the writer John Buchan and the prize-winning Stalin's Englishman on the Cambridge spy Guy Burgess.
Package Dimensions: 7.4 x 3.9 x 1.3 inches