"This is a book which will give pleasure to everyone who reads it."
“Imagine Downton Abbey meets Oscar Wilde. Now read Daughter of Empire: Life as a Mountbatten by Pamela Hicks, one of the most intimate accounts of turbulent domestic life in the shadow of world-altering events. . . . Two beautiful people, many continents, World War II, lots of distractions, and even more name-dropping. . . . What’s not to love?”
“A jolly romp.”
“A uniquely intimate glimpse of the Queen few really know. In this captivating memoir, her cousin reveals a playful and surprisingly emotional woman.”
"Lady Pamela's memoir will appeal to those who like to take a peek into the lifestyles of the royal and famous." Booklist
"A glance at court life from the Mountbatten perspective. . . . Lady Pamela's portrait of her upbringing by two remarkable parents is affectionate and spirited."
"She writes . . . with charm, geniality and a sense of humor."
"Pamela Mountbatten has had a front row seat at many extraordinary historical events and, as this wonderfully entertaining memoir shows, the privilege has not been wasted on her. Her wry, intimate portraits of royals, politicians, and Hollywood stars are a joy to read."
“Think Wodehouse with an R rating…Hicks has a talent for the telling detail and can deliver a line with an appealing and often amusing briskness.”
“Are you still recovering from royal-baby fever? Counting down the days until the newest season of “Downton Abbey”? A new memoir, Daughter of Empire, by Lady Pamela Hicks — whose father was Lord Louis Mountbatten, whose cousin is Prince Philip and whose great-great-grandmother was Queen Victoria — may be just what you need.…Lady Pamela presents an honest yet blithe portrayal of her famous, eccentric family and offers a glimpse into the inner circle of Britain’s royalty.”
“More thought-provoking than some titles that have trickled out during the current popularity of TV’s “Downton Abbey.” This memoir has, along with personal narrative, a good helping of history – of a certain sort, told through the eyes of one very well-placed woman. To call Lady Pamela Hicks’s position a front-row seat is an underestimation of her vantage point; more to the fact, Hicks was a participant in many of these events. … And so, for its historical sweep and its uniquely vantaged window onto many important moments of the middle of the last century, Daughter of Empire is something for “Downton” fans – and even others interested in England, class and monarchy – to look out for.”
“A life filled with celebrity-like happenings delivered with impeccable taste. Revealing, yet properly reserved.”
"Lady Pamela's page-turner of a life...an account of a childhood and adolescence spent amid grandeur and grandees...compelling."
"Joyously entertaining...In what is arguably the poshest book that ever has or will be written, Hicks remembers it all with immense charm, wit, and brio, capturing a bygone world of country estates, glass cigarette holders kept in a petticoat pocket, sapphire-studded powder compacts, dials on bedroom dorrs turned to indicate when you'd like to be woken with tea and biscuits, and enough pets to populate an exotic zoo....entrancing."
"Not many people remain who can tell stories like Lady Pamela Hicks...."
“Lady Pamela’s memoir will appeal to those who like to take a peek into the lifestyles of the royal and famous. Underneath the glamour and glitz, this brief autobiography has a bit more substance, since Hicks was the daughter of Lady and Lord Mountbatten, cousin-in-law to Queen Elizabeth II, and an eyewitness to and a participant in some of the most momentous events of the twentieth century (especially from a British perspective). Of special note is her description of life in India during the transition to independence and her role as lady-in-waiting to the Queen during the royal world tour of 1954. Rather than exercising the 'poor little rich girl' approach popular with many emotionally neglected daughters of fortune, Hicks adopts a more sanguine tone, reveling in the rich texture of her life and experiences.”
The story of Lady Hicks (India Remembered, 2007, etc.), who lived the kind of life we think of as only existing in books and movies, with nannies, governesses and all the trappings of the English elite. The author's mother, Edwina Mountbatten, didn't really take to parenting, and she often took off for extended trips around the world. She also managed to lose the name of the hotel in Budapest where she'd dropped her children and nannies for safekeeping during the Abyssinian crisis. Hicks' father, Lord Mountbatten, accepted Edwina's string of lovers with barely a mention. The author's description of her years with her parents in India during its transfer to independence is entirely reminiscent of her father's TV program; even the egocentric tone of voice is exactly like his. However, the tone and atmosphere of self-importance is not altogether surprising, given that Hicks was cousin to the queen; could trace her roots back 900 years; owned a home in London on Park Lane, at Sussex Downs and a 6,000-acre estate in Hampshire. Her family was close enough for her to be named as head bridesmaid for Princess Elizabeth's wedding and to accompany her on the fateful world tour that was so sadly cut short. The author's description of the new queen's reaction to the fate suddenly thrust upon her reflects a woman who was already the regal woman we now know. Though the first half of the book does little more than portray the pampered life of the upper-crust children who had to curtsey to grandmother, Hicks' love of India and the description of her year with the queen's world tour make it worth reading. Many fans of Downton Abbey will certainly enjoy it.