Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten

Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten

by Pamela Hicks
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Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten by Pamela Hicks

This magical memoir about a singular childhood in England and India by the daughter of Lord Louis and Edwina Mountbatten provides a privileged glimpse into the lives and loves of some of the twentieth century’s leading figures.

A magical memoir about a singular childhood in England and India by the daughter of Lord Louis and Edwina Mountbatten

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 ladyin- 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.

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ISBN-13: 9781476733821
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 158,284
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lady Pamela Hicks is the daughter of Earl Mountbatten of Burma, most famously known for his role in history as the last viceroy of India. She is the author of India Remembered: A Personal Account of the Mountbattens During the Transfer of Power.

Corrie James has worked on both sides of the Atlantic in theater, radio, and audiobooks. She credits growing up listening to the BBC for her love of the spoken word.

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Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Zimmerman1 More than 1 year ago
Daughter of Empire provides a glimpse into a life few can relate to. The story is very interesting. There are lots of details that bring the story to life. There wasn’t one boring page in the entire book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting insider look at a time gone by. Not surprisingly she ignores her father's homosexuality (his admission not just gossip) and lets the reader think his indiscretions are strictly with females. Nor does she acknowledge public criticism of her father's handling of his management of Indian independence. But she is after all her father's child and is proud of him. It is unreasonable to expect a balanced accounting. I thought it was rather astounding that she was disturbed by her lack of memories of childhood time with her mother and then goes on to chronicle her mother's prolonged absences as she traveled the world with her lover while leaving her daughters at home. The book ends with the author's marriage and thus avoids her father and sister's tragic end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Other than the odd intersting bit of backstory and the too brief section on Mountbatten's time in India this is little other than a panegyric to her aloof and self-important father and her serially unfaithful mother who abandoned her children for extended periods of globetrotting with her long-time lover. Not much insight or introspection here. I scanned the post-India section very quickly (a good 1/3 of the book). Way more than anyone would ever want to know about her time as lady-in-waiting to Princess, then Queen Elizabeth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first part of the book was quite boring and I was about to give up. However, it picked up after the family went to India and I enjoyed the second half. Nevertheless, I would not recommend it to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly enlightening about the royal family and their lives during the world war II period. Greatly enjoyed and have a heightened regard for all the royal family stands for.
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Not great but interesting history. Easy read.
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PageOne More than 1 year ago
Lady Pamela had a ringside seat at a lot of things that normally you would only read about in dull History books. I hated to come to the end, and would love to hear more about her life experiences.
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YOU ARE SO NASTY YUCK?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh ya. Then pulls u in to the nearest room........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pulls him down kissing him