June 20, 2021

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UPCOMING: In Conversation with Andrew Lownie on ‘The Mounbattens’ (Virtual Event)

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Free Zoom event – Thursday 27th May 2000-2115*

The Alderney Lit Bite online salon returns on Thursday, 27 May 8pm, with Alderney LitFest Chair Anthony Riches interviewing the prize-winning and bestselling historian Andrew Lownie on the first dual biography of Dickie and Edwina Mountbatten, and the reality behind the myth.

Drawing on four years of research around the world, provides a fresh and revealing portrait of the glamorous couple behind the modern royal family. A major figure behind his nephew Philip’s marriage to Queen Elizabeth ll and instrumental in the royal family taking the Mountbatten name, Dickie Mountbatten’s career included being Supreme Allied Commander of South East Asia during World War Two and the last Viceroy of India. Once the richest woman in Britain and a socialite who enjoyed numerous affairs, Edwina Mountbatten emerged from World War Two as a much loved and very effective charity worker.

From British high society and the South of France to the battlefields of Burma and the Viceroy’s House in India, this is a rich and filmic story whose characters include all the key figures of the Second World War from Churchill and Montgomery to Roosevelt and Eisenhower. This is also an account of an unusual marriage which, whilst beset with infidelities, was also a loving and mutually supportive one.

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1 thought on “UPCOMING: In Conversation with Andrew Lownie on ‘The Mounbattens’ (Virtual Event)

  1. Mountbatten was an interesting character, The mother of a friend of mine was the assistant to Phillip Ziegler who wrote what may be described as “an official biography” of Lord Mountbatten. He was a very dynamic and energetic leader who probably focussed very much more on the end delivery rather than the means of delivery. Lord Mountbatten should probably have retired in 1959 rather than lingering on until 1964 when the Defence Secretary, Denis Healey told him “it was time to go.”

    Unfortunately his life was cut short by the bandits from the IRA in 1979 — fortunately they have also now met their maker. Lets hope they were judged accordingly.

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