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Daughter of Empire: My Life As a Mountbatten

Daughter of Empire: My Life As a Mountbatten

Escrito por Pamela Hicks

Narrado por Corrie James


Daughter of Empire: My Life As a Mountbatten

Escrito por Pamela Hicks

Narrado por Corrie James

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Jan 7, 2014
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9781452688749
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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.
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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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  • (4/5)
    This memoir by Lady Pamela Hicks looks back at her life from her childhood days until her mother's death shortly after her wedding. The title really is accurate as this is her life as Pamela Mountbatten, not Lady Pamela Hicks. Once her wedding is mentioned the books ends (well except for her mother's death). I really enjoyed reading about Lady Pamela's childhood and her experiences during WWII. I was also really interested in reading about her family, the Mountbatten's. Her parents' marriage wasn't like a normal marriage, but it worked for their family. Lady Pamela also does talk about Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, and the rest of the royal family. Don't expect any salacious gossip to be in this memoir but some nice family stories, most of which are funny, are a bright part of this book.During her time as a Mountbatten Lady Pamela traveled to some far-away places and met some amazing people. If you're interested in reading more about what life was like for a British aristocrat back in the day then this is the book for you.(I won this book from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. The content of my review is in no way affected by that.)
  • (3/5)
    As usual, I received this book for free. This time it showed up in the mail through the kind and generous grace of a GoodReads giveaway. Despite this generosity, I give my candid opinions below.The book centers on the whirlwind years of the author's first three decades of life. In that time she finds herself in every corner of the realm and witness to many of the epic moments and best-known personages of the times. She spends the war with the Vanderbilts and is traveling with Princess Elizabeth at the moment she ascends to the status of Queen. Her childhood and adolescence make for some truly enviable moments.On the positive side, the text is well constructed and very flowing and conversational. We're introduced to quite a bit of history and seldom-used vocabulary. It's reminiscent of having a long night of conversation with your own grandmother as Mrs. Hicks seems to speak from a position of great wisdom. Most notably, unlike many memoirs of the elite, this one carries not even a whisper of pretentiousness. Hicks shares her memorable and sometimes amusing life with us in an almost matter-of-fact manner. Related, despite some sad moments she is never complaining or seeking sympathy from the reader. Everything, no matter how good or bad is just presented as you might see it in a history book.Sadly, it is this detachment that makes for the primary negative of this book. The author relates the events of her life with great detail and clarity but they are simply events and seem to have no impact on the author. She's like a reporter impassively reporting on the facts of the matter. Further, so much time and history is covered that it's sometimes difficult to keep track of exactly what's going on. Clearly India is a personal highlight and one can imagine that section is simply a compression of the author's first novel. In summary, Hicks has led a fascinating life (at least up to the point at which the book rather abruptly ends) but it's just not very fascinating the way she's written about it. I found my mind wandering waiting for the next amusing tidbit that only sometimes made an appearance.
  • (4/5)
    If you don't know who Lady Pamela Hicks is this is an eye opening autobiography. Basically starting from her early life until her marriage it covers her life with an extraordinary set of parents and a very close relationship with her sister. It also includes her time as lady-in-waiting with her cousin Lilibet, the woman who eventually became the Queen of England. She is also cousins with much of the royalty of Europe and can trace her ancestors back to two different saints. The stories she tells of her family and her far-flung life-style are fascinating and this is an easy to read book. I hope she continues on with the rest of her life, she seems to have led one that needs to be told.
  • (5/5)
    Fascinating life! Lively, descriptive prose.Excellent narration. So totally loved it.
  • (5/5)
    Engaging, well-narrated. A must for any anglophiles and Royalists.