The Mountbattens: Their Lives & Loves: The Sunday Times Bestseller (Paperback)
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The Mountbattens: Their Lives & Loves: The Sunday Times Bestseller (Paperback)

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Published: 25/06/2020
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One of the most colourful couples of the twentieth century, Louis and Edwina Mountbatten led lives packed with incident and associated with many of the pivotal figures of the day. Andrew Lownie tells their story in this vivid, meticulously researched dual biography published to mark the 40th anniversary of Lord Mountbatten’s assassination.

The intimate story of a unique marriage that spans the heights of glamour and power to infidelity, manipulation and disaster through the heart of the 20th century.

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.

Publisher: Bonnier Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788702980
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 407 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

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 - The Times

A study in aggressive social climbing [with] quick-moving fluency - Sunday Times

Painstakingly researched... genuinely enthralling - Observer

A page-turner which is also a carefully researched work of history - Spectator

A compelling new biography...superbly researched - Daily Express

Everything a top-notch biography should be - Budapest Times

Well-researched, enjoyable, revealing - The Oldie

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 - Literary Review

A well-balanced portrait of flawed individuals... The book promises scandal and does not disappoint. Lownie's book dares to go where no other Mountbatten biography has gone before. An explosive account that looks behind the façade of a celebrated couple - The Lady, 5 stars

Wherever a reader turns in this magnificent book there are new ideas to consider. Lownie's writing fits the complex nature of his subject yet is always completely unambiguous. I loved this book. - Queensland Reviewers Collective

A fine blend of political, military, and personal history. - Hindustani Times

A complex story beautifully written which never felt less like a history lesson, but I learned so much by the end. A triumph of storytelling. - Anne Sebba

A timely debunking of the golden Mountbatten myth. Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Lownie's portrait of a deeply flawed man and his extraordinary marriage is an irresistible read. - Robert Beaumont

Contains many fresh social and political insights into an important subject, revealed in a gripping and detailed narrative. - Richard Thorpe, biographer of Anthony Eden and Harold Macmillan

An entertaining, knowledgeable account of the extraordinary official, sexual and social lives of royal relative, Earl Mountbatten, and his multi-millionairess wife, Lady Edwina. - Sarah Bradford, Royal biographer

'Lownie's account of things is a mixture of inevitably indulgent gossip, descriptions of lavish parties, yachts and mansions, while also evaluating Mountbatten's chequered military career and Edwina's humanitarian work. One for royal watchers.' - Sydney Morning Herald

"This glittering biography delves into the scandal-filled and history-making partnership of Lord Louis 'Dickie' Mountbatten and his wife Edwina, an heiress turned humanitarian who charmed the world." - People

Acute observations, careful analysis and skilful articulation - Royal History Geeks

"A juicy dual biography. Readers will be astounded by the intrigues and accomplishments of this remarkable couple." - Publishers Weekly

Well-written and reads very easily....a valuable warts and all portrait of a couple who were centre stage in British public life for some sixty years. Recommended - The Naval Review

A brilliant book! Here's 'Uncle Dickie' as he's never been revealed before - Robert Lacey

An audacious, myth-busting book by a master biographer (determined to get to the truth). - Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang, author The Last Vicereine

A remarkable and definitive portrait - Frederick Forsyth on Stalin's Englishman

Shrewd, thorough, revelatory - William Boyd on Stalin's Englishmen

[Lownie] manages to convey the charm as well as the turpitude - Craig Brown on Stalin's Englishmen

Exhaustively researched and absorbing book - New Statesman on Stalin's Englishman

A meticulously researched biography...an astonishing piece of research - Sunday Times on Stalin's Englishmen

Lownie certainly knows what makes a good book, and in Stalin's Englishman he has delivered one of his own - many times over - Independent on Stalin's Englishmen

A magnificent biography... a narrative as gripping as a thriller - Daily Express on Stalin's Englishmen

Scrupulous and comprehensive - The Week on Stalin's Englishmen

"A well-researched deep-dive into the lives of Dickie and Edwina Mountbatten, a couple who witnessed much of the 20th Century's history - including Royal landmarks - at first hand" - Grazia

'"The Mountbattens" is most compelling as a strangely sweet tale of open marriage.' - New York Times Book of the Year

"full of detail and insight and is written in a clear, unshowy style." - The Lady

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“Bedtime relaxation”

This is an excellent read revealing in depth the personalities of Louis and Edwina Mountbatten and detailed historical facts about India and Pakistan.

Paperback edition
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kellymcf6

“Insightful”

The Mountbattens is an extremely well researched and interesting biography which is a really insightful look at one of the worlds most well known families.

Paperback edition
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“A good read about two amazing people”

What an extraordinary life Mountbatten and his wife Edwina lived. Privileged undoubtedly but they packed in so much - to both their private and public lives - and it's all chronicled in this exceptional book.... More

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