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

“Lady Pamela Hicks’s joyously entertaining new memoir, arguably the poshest book that ever has or will be written” (Newsweek), is a privileged glimpse into the lives and loves of some of the twentieth century’s leading figures.

Pamela Mountbatten entered a remarkable family when she was born in Madrid at the very end of the “Roaring Twenties.” Daughter of the glamorous heiress Edwina Ashley and Lord Louis Mountbatten, Pamela spent much of her early life with her sister, nannies, and servants—not to mention a menagerie of animals that included, at different times, a honey bear, chameleons, a bush baby, and a mongoose. Her parents’ vast social circle included royalty, film stars, celebrities, and politicians. Noel Coward invited Pamela to watch him film, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. dropped in for tea.

However when war broke out Pamela and her sister were sent to New York to live with Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt, while the prime minister appointed her father to be the last Viceroy of India. Amid the turmoil, Pamela came of age, meeting the student leaders who had been released from jail, working in the canteen for Allied forces and in a clinic outside Delhi. She also developed a close bond with Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.

“If you are addicted to Downton Abbey, chances are that you will relish Daughter of Empire, a British aristocrat’s memoir of her childhood and coming of age…She is also a keen observer of a way of life now vanished, except on PBS” (The Wall Street Journal). “Not many people remain who can tell stories like Lady Pamela Hicks” (Vanity Fair).

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ISBN-13: 9781476733838
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 103,007
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

Pamela Hicks is the daughter of Lord Louis and Edwina Mountbatten. She was Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen both when she was a princess and following her coronation. In 1960 she married the internationally celebrated designer David Hicks. She is the author of India Remembered and lives in Oxfordshire.

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Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 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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Oh ya. Then pulls u in to the nearest room........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pulls him down kissing him