The Mountbattens: Their Lives & Loves: The Sunday Times Bestseller (Paperback)Andrew Lownie (author)
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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
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 407 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm
'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 facade of a celebrated couple' - The Lady, 5 stars
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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.
This is an excellent read revealing in depth the personalities of Louis and Edwina Mountbatten and detailed historical facts about India and Pakistan.
“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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