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Category: Biography: General|
The author of the book: Pamela Hicks
Date of issue: 21 Mar 2013
Format files: Epub, PDF
The size of the: 673 KB
City - Country: London, United States
Full description of the book Daughter of Empire: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.Few families can boast of not one but two saints among their ancestors, not to mention a great aunt who was the last tsarina of Russia, a father admired by Grace Kelly, and a grandmother who was not only a princess but could also argue the finer points of naval law. As the younger daughter of Lord and Lady Mountbatten, Pamela PDF Hicks's childhood was an extraordinary whirlwind of British aristocracy, English eccentricity, Hollywood glamour, and political education. The King of Spain ordered the Ritz in Madrid to be surrounded by soldiers as Pamela's mother gave birth to her there--and laid her in a dog bed for a cradle. Her childhood pets 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, Noel Coward, Douglas Fairbanks, and the Duchess of Windsor (who brought her mother a ePub cold cooked chicken as a hostess gift). During World War II she was 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 Pamela developed her own relationships with Gandhi and Nehru. She served as a bridesmaid in Princess Elizabeth's wedding to Prince Phillip and was at her side as lady-in-waiting when the young princess learned her father had died and she was queen. Vivid and engaging, well paced and superbly detailed, this witty, intimate memoir is PDF an enchanting lens through which to view the early part of the twentieth century.
About the author Pamela HicksThe daughter of Lord Louis and Edwina Mountbatten, Lady Pamela HIcks was Lady in Waiting to the Queen both when she was a princess and following her coronation. In the 1960s she married the flamboyant designer David Hicks who became internationally celebrated. This is Lady Pamela Hicks' second book, her first, India Remembered - an illustrated account of the Mountbattens during the Transfer of Power was published in 2007.
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