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Daughter of Empire Audiobook

Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten

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Publisher's Summary

Few families can boast of not one but two saints among their ancestors, a great-aunt who was the last tsarina of Russia, a father who was Grace Kelly's pinup, and a grandmother who was not only a princess but could also argue the finer points of naval law. Pamela Mountbatten entered a remarkable family when she was born at the very end of the Roaring Twenties.

As the younger daughter of the glamorous heiress Edwina Ashley and Lord Louis Mountbatten, Pamela spent much of her early life with her sister, nannies, and servants-and a menagerie that included, at different times, a bear, two wallabies, a mongoose, and a lion. Her parents each had lovers who lived openly with the family. The house was always full of guests like Sir Winston Churchill, Noël Coward, Douglas Fairbanks, and the Duchess of Windsor (who brought a cold cooked chicken as a hostess gift).

When World War II broke out, Lord Mountbatten was in command of HMS Kelly before being appointed chief of Combined Operations, and Pamela and her sister were sent to live on Fifth Avenue in New York City with Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt. In 1947, her parents were appointed to be the last viceroy and vicereine of India and oversee the transfer of power to an independent Indian government.

Amid the turmoil of political change, Pamela worked with student leaders, developed warm friendships with Gandhi and Nehru, and witnessed both the joy of Independence Day and its terrible aftermath. Soon afterwards, she was a bridesmaid in Princess Elizabeth's wedding to Prince Philip, and was a lady-in-waiting at the young princess's side when she learned her father had died and she was queen.Vivid and engaging, well-paced and superbly detailed, this witty, intimate memoir is an enchanting lens through which to view the early part of the twentieth century.

©2012 Pamela Hicks (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Lady Pamela's memoir will appeal to those who like to take a peek into the lifestyles of the royal and famous." (Booklist)

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  • Nanneabear
    21/10/16
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    "Royalty Buffs"

    Enjoyable modern history especially for those with a fascination for the Royal family of England. The author led an interesting life; met interesting people who were world leaders if the time and describes those people's as well as her parents' personalities and psychological make up with an astute understanding. A very interesting read if you already have a bit of an understanding and an interest in the Royal family.

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  • christina
    22/07/16
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    "Long"

    This book is long an boring, I struggled to get through the entire book. Read 2 books before I finished this one. Not interesting at all.

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  • Lynne Hatter
    Seattle, WA
    24/01/16
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    "Boring"

    I wanted to like this. I wanted to know more about the Mountbatten family. The book feels as if it were written by a junior high school student. It isn't necessarily poorly written, rather it managed to make the life of the Mountbattend uninteresting. To be fair it might well have become interesting, it just couldn't stick with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn
    Orting, WA, United States
    7/08/15
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    "A peek into history."

    Lovely piece of history. From a personal point of view. Too much lord this and lady that. But, once she arrives in India it becomes much more interesting.

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  • Lori
    ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States
    18/06/15
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    "Splendid Lady!"

    Gracious, intelligent and kind, Lady Pamela tells a beautiful story filled with history and insight.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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