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The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves by Andrew Lownie

In this revealing new royal biography, author Andrew Lownie has written a page-turning read based on more than 100 interviews and research from dozens of archives. It’s a fascinating insight into a couple who were rich and famous, and part of an extraordinary circle of people.

Dickie Mountbatten had movie star looks and loads of ambition. He was the Supreme Allied Commander in South East Asia during the Second World War. He was the last Viceroy of India, and a major figure behind his nephew Philip’s marriage to Queen Elizabeth II.

Edwina Mountbatten was once the richest woman in Britain, and a playgirl, before becoming a talented humanitarian worker after the end of World War II.

Their marriage was one of glamour and power, one that was loving and mutually supportive, although both of their infidelities were legendary, with Dickie claiming, ‘Edwina and I spent all our married lives getting into other people’s beds.’

Dickie Mountbatten was assassinated in 1979 and forty years on, prize-winning historian Andrew Lownie sheds new light on this powerful and dynamic couple. It makes for a riveting read, with a great selection of photos also. It’s brilliantly told, and clearly well-researched.

Reviewer: Karen McMillan

Allen & Unwin, RRP 36.99


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