Andrew Lownie - The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves
Tuesday 19th May at 8.00pm
Deanway United Reform Church, HP8 4JL
To mark the 40th anniversary of Lord Mountbatten’s assassination by the IRA, comes a nuanced portrayal of two remarkable people and their complex marriage.
Drawing on four years of research around the world, Andrew Lownie 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 the future 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 II 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 II 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.
Andrew Lownie was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he was Dunster History Prizeman and President of the Union before taking his Masters and doctorate at Edinburgh University. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and former visiting fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, he has run his own literary agency since 1988. Previous books include acclaimed lives of the writer John Buchan and the spy Guy Burgess.