Fascinating new royal biography As I would expect from this distinguished author, this book is extraordinarily good. I finished it with a much better opinion of both Mountbattens – uneven complicated people crucial to world events. The revelations shocked me, but they are not in the least salaciously recounted – this is an assiduously researched and balanced account of interactions which required exploration and exposure. It flows easily and fast and is a riveting read.
Discovering a new Tribe Not far into Andrew Lownie’s new and well-researched book, The Mountbattens, I felt like an anthropologist who stumbles upon a hitherto unknown tribe while trekking through a remote jungle. The jungle is the United Kingdom at the beginning of the 19th century and the tribe is the elite group of people clustered around the monarchy and fuelled by vast amounts of money. In this tribe ‘keeping up appearances’ was vital, but behind the scenes bizarre mating habits, conjugal arrangements, care of…
Who really was Louis Mountbatton? This is a well written book and held my attention to the end. It is a tale of power, privilege and immoral lives.The marriage to Edwina was difficult to understand. It does not appear to be a love match…at least from her side.The hand over of India is well documented, and controversial to the present day. The author offers a see-saw description of Mountbattons’ attributes and faults, almost as if he is afraid to come to a definite conclusion.The Kincora Scandal in…
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