Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten

Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten

Pamela Hicks

“Lady Pamela Hicks’s joyously interesting new memoir, arguably the poshest publication that ever has or may be written” (Newsweek), is a privileged glimpse into the lives and loves of a few of the 20 th century’s top figures.

Pamela Mountbatten entered a striking kin while she was once born in Madrid on the very finish of the “Roaring Twenties.” Daughter of the glamorous heiress Edwina Ashley and Lord Louis Mountbatten, Pamela spent a lot of her adolescence along with her sister, nannies, and servants—not to say a menagerie of animals that integrated, at various occasions, a honey endure, chameleons, a bush child, and a mongoose. Her mom and dad’ huge social circle integrated royalty, movie stars, celebrities, and politicians. Noel Coward invited Pamela to monitor him movie, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. dropped in for tea.

However whilst warfare broke out Pamela and her sister have been despatched to manhattan to dwell with Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt, whereas the leading minister appointed her father to be the final Viceroy of India. Amid the turmoil, Pamela got here of age, assembly the scholar leaders who have been published from penitentiary, operating within the canteen for Allied forces and in a hospital outdoors Delhi. She additionally constructed a detailed bond with Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.

“If you're hooked on Downton Abbey, likelihood is that you're going to have fun with Daughter of Empire, a British aristocrat’s memoir of her youth and coming of age…She can be a prepared observer of a life-style now vanished, other than on PBS” (The Wall road Journal). “Not many folks stay who can inform tales like girl Pamela Hicks” (Vanity Fair).

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