Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten



[PDF] ✪ Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten Author Lady Pamela Hicks – E17streets4all.co.uk A magical memoir about a singular childhood in England and India by the daughter of Lord Louis and Edwina Mountbatten Few families can boast of not one but two saints among their ancestors, a great au A magical memoir about a singular childhood Empire: My PDF/EPUB é in England and India by the daughter of Daughter of PDF/EPUB ² Lord Louis and Edwina Mountbatten Few families can boast of not one but two saints among of Empire: My PDF/EPUB Â 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, Noel 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 , 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 ladyin 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.Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten

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    Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten MOBI ¶ 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, Noel 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 , 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 ladyin 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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  • 256 pages
  • Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten
  • Lady Pamela Hicks
  • 23 February 2019
  • 1476733821

10 thoughts on “Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten

  1. says:

    Won this on Goodreads Giveaways Unedited Copy Lady Pamela Hicks may not be a name everyone is familiar with However, the people she been affiliated with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, the Vanderbilts, Winston Churchill, Douglas Fairbanks, Gandhi are certainly recognizable to all Hicks attempts to reveal her life story to the memoir loving masses in Daughter of Empire My Life as a Mountbatten Daughter of Empire immediately jumps into the lives of Hicks s parents Lord Louis andWon this on Goodreads Giveaways Unedited Copy Lady Pamela Hicks may not be a name everyone is familiar with However, the people she been affiliated with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, the Vanderbilts, Winston Churchill, Douglas Fairbanks, Gandhi are certainly recognizable to all Hicks attempts to reveal her life story to the memoir loving masses in Daughter of Empire My Life as a Mountbatten Daughter of Empire immediately jumps into the lives of Hicks s parents Lord Louis and Edwinda Mountbatten foregoing a proper introduction to Pamela herself, causing a filter between the reader and a lack of connection This absence of cling dribbles into the storytelling which is merely a recap of events i.e this happened, then this, and then that Hicks lacks an emotional insight into her psyche and therefore isof a narrator to her own life than a key player As a result, Daughter of Empire is one dimensional and less than captivating.Speaking of dimensions, Daughter of Empire can be described with one word shallow Immediately with the first page and continuing onwards is constant namedropping Hicks s privileged life is close to sickening and although she doesn t necessarily seem elitist about it she has a void of depth and intimacy It is fine and even entertaining that she led an aristocratic and high society life but she could have at least shared personal feelings and life lessons regarding the people and events Instead, the memoir follows the pattern of an issue of Entertainment Weekly following the latest celebrity The writing in terms of sentence structure and grammar is well written and flows with ease and a fast pace The problem is with the content and empty stories Despite all the namedropping, Hicks makes her life seem boring without any substantial thoughts in that pretty little head of hers One major frustrating point Instead of reflecting on her temporary relocation to America during World War II due to Jewish blood Hicks instead emphasizes how the Vanderbilts didn t approve of her clothing during this time REALLY Oftentimes, Hicks is choppy and doesn t answer questions in chronology for example someone is missing and then suddenly that person reappears with no explanation or acknowledgement Daughter of Empire lacks a cohesive sense throughout the memoir both in terms of writing style and content perhaps indicative of a ghostwriter and refuses to fully open up Hicks s character or life Daughter of Empire reads like a school report versus a personal account Not to mention, a report concerning the lives of her parents instead of that of her own Also, what is the reasoning behind the constant use of the term partying The tone voice does not sound like that of a senior citizen in her 80s looking back at her life Another complaint I found Hicks s habit of including foreign language phrases without translations to be distracting and too assuming that the average reader will have any clue what they mean On a positive note, Hicks occasionally includes snippets of diaries or personal letters which adds a certain pizzazz to Daughter of Empire The memoir also improves slightly when Hicks describes her time work in India during the country s independence, revealing the political climate and some of her emotions This still lacks the desired depth but is better than the former achieved The ending of Daughter of Empire is rather weak and not memorable of Hicks in any way and again focuseson parents Plus, Hicks concludes her tale before she is in her 30s and states that not much occurred after that time making the title of her memoir including the word life misleading.The final copy of Daughter of Empire will include 24 black and white photos throughout which my copy did not contain.Overall, Daughter of Empire is a shallow and weak report of various events in the life of Pamela Hicks void of emotion and true insight One will never feel like Hicks reveals her true self nor tells her life story in a compelling way Daughter of Empire is not worth reading, as one can find the same recap of events in a Google search

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    I should start off this review by stating that I won this book over at www.goodreads.com I am not normally a person who wins contests, so this was quite exciting for me Not to mention I was notified that I had won on my birthday However, the fact that I won this book in no way influenced my opinion on it This book, Daughter of Empire My Life as a Mountbatten is the autobiography of Lady Pamela Hicks She is the second daughter of the famous Lord Louis Mountbatten I knew a little bit about I should start off this review by stating that I won this book over at www.goodreads.com I am not normally a person who wins contests, so this was quite exciting for me Not to mention I was notified that I had won on my birthday However, the fact that I won this book in no way influenced my opinion on it This book, Daughter of Empire My Life as a Mountbatten is the autobiography of Lady Pamela Hicks She is the second daughter of the famous Lord Louis Mountbatten I knew a little bit about her father because he is one of my grandfather s favorite historical figures, but I knew next to nothing about his daughters However, I am fascinated by their family because they are so closely related to the British monarchy, and because of Queen Victoria, many other royal families as well The book begins with her birth in Barcelona and concludes with her returning from her honeymoon In between, she experiences the Second World War, the transition of power in India, and the Commonwealth Tour I thoroughly enjoyed the style in which this book was written Instead of being dry, like most biographical autobiographical works, it had the flow of natural conversation I felt as if Lady Pamela was telling me her story one on one This made the book a quick, but entertaining read I immediately became engrossed in her story because her life is so different from my own Her parents were famous, she got to travel all over the world, and she also got to be a part of many historical events I must admit, I was a little jealous of her However, I never felt as if she was bragging I got the feel that she was simply trying to tell her story.Overall, I am rating this book at 4 stars because of the way it was written I loved hearing Lady Pamela s story and how she got to experience so many amazing things Thank you to the publisher, Simon Schuster for sending me this book

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    Having always had a love for History, especially British, it was with some curiosity that i approached this one being not an expert, but neither a stranger, in what concerns the Mountbatten family and its role in 20th century England.Well i can tell you this was most certainly worth my time its a fascinating window to a time not yet out of living memory, but that slowly starts to fade and will in a generation s time be relegated to history books and documentaries.Lady Pamela Hicks nee Mount Having always had a love for History, especially British, it was with some curiosity that i approached this one being not an expert, but neither a stranger, in what concerns the Mountbatten family and its role in 20th century England.Well i can tell you this was most certainly worth my time its a fascinating window to a time not yet out of living memory, but that slowly starts to fade and will in a generation s time be relegated to history books and documentaries.Lady Pamela Hicks nee Mountbatten was a front row spectator to some world changing events in the past 100 years most notably the independence of India and here we get a chance to share her front row seat has she shares impressions, memories and opinions about some of the places she visited and the people she met.Younger daughter to the famous infamous notorious Lord Mountbatten, last viceroy of India, Pamela was born into the british aristocracy at the start of the 20th century and would, thanks to her parents career, be privy to events as important as India s independence or the ascension of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne upon the death of her father, while she was touring Africa Pamela was a lady in waiting to her for that trip.Naturally, as one would only expect and quite rightly, the quintessential british spirit and sense of duty shines through these pages, making this a fascinating, even if at times slightly confounding read..she is very direct, bluntly so but also with an underlying sense of self deprecating irony.Highly recommended for any lovers of England, Downton Abbey and the royal family that might be on goodreads Have funHappy readings

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    I had to repost this review as I mistakenly filed it under the Kindle edition and couldn t change it This was a good read For someone with no political leanings to speak of, born and raised in the US, it was interesting to read about someone who is related to a large percentage of European royalty not hard, they re all interrelated anyway and has a couple of saints in her pedigree Her take on normal family life growing up was curiousshe apparently felt it was fine that Mummy and Daddy I had to repost this review as I mistakenly filed it under the Kindle edition and couldn t change it This was a good read For someone with no political leanings to speak of, born and raised in the US, it was interesting to read about someone who is related to a large percentage of European royalty not hard, they re all interrelated anyway and has a couple of saints in her pedigree Her take on normal family life growing up was curiousshe apparently felt it was fine that Mummy and Daddy both had their steady lovers, because at least they stayed together Interesting definition of staying together when Mummy is away for months at a time, travelling around China with her boy toy who rejoices in the nickname Bunny.okaaaay or whatever, and Daddy is off to France with his bit of fluff But the girls both adore their parents respective lovers, so it s all in the family, I guess Don t expect a working class gel to understand the s of the upper crust It s different, down here among the grass roots It sure is I did get a bit weary of the hero worship of Nehru and particularly so of Prince Phillip s hilarious antics But then from what I saw and heard of the Beeb before it vanished from the airwaves where I live, I wasn t alone on that one Perhaps it was HTBT.Strangely enough the book comes to a rather abrupt end at the end of the Queen s tour of Australia and The East There is some mention of Lady Pamela s later to be husband, but nothing of her adult life,though she mentions a couple of adult children in passing, as if they weren t important characters in her life Don t know if this is down to British upperclass reserve about personal things or if there s another volume of memoirs out there somewhere Or perhaps like her own parents, she was too busy with her own life to really notice

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    Indian Summer The Secret History of the End of an Empire 5 stars The Mountbattens Their Lives Loves TBR Daughter of Empire My Life as a Mountbatten TBR Indian Summer The Secret History of the End of an Empire 5 stars The Mountbattens Their Lives Loves TBR Daughter of Empire My Life as a Mountbatten TBR

  6. says:

    Lady Pamela, wrote about what she witnessed and participated in She was realated to all the European Royality It was a very interest read not like something a historian would write It was so personal.

  7. says:

    A very lively autobiography by Lord Mountbatten younger s daughter.No gossip, no name dropping, but a vivid life story from a quite lonely childhood in England and in Malta with her parents but rarely with her ever travelling mother and a young adulthood in India in 1947 Her memories about her parents are very touching, especially the deep bond between her and her father.The last part of the book, in which she remembers the travels she has made with a young queen Elizabeth II around the worl A very lively autobiography by Lord Mountbatten younger s daughter.No gossip, no name dropping, but a vivid life story from a quite lonely childhood in England and in Malta with her parents but rarely with her ever travelling mother and a young adulthood in India in 1947 Her memories about her parents are very touching, especially the deep bond between her and her father.The last part of the book, in which she remembers the travels she has made with a young queen Elizabeth II around the world is very interesting.The book ends with the death of her mother

  8. says:

    Fascinating story that The Crown fans will appreciate I listened to the audio version narrated by a Julie Andrews esque voice.

  9. says:

    Lady Pamela Hicks, through her incredibly vibrant parents, was present in the world altering events of the 20th century Was it intentional that she would write of her first 30 years with such detachment, or is this sum total of what she thought and felt about these experiences Is she emotionally this guarded or has there been no reflection on her witness to history For her early years she describes her grandmother and other caretakers, the marvelous letters she received from her parents and t Lady Pamela Hicks, through her incredibly vibrant parents, was present in the world altering events of the 20th century Was it intentional that she would write of her first 30 years with such detachment, or is this sum total of what she thought and felt about these experiences Is she emotionally this guarded or has there been no reflection on her witness to history For her early years she describes her grandmother and other caretakers, the marvelous letters she received from her parents and their respective lovers and the exotic animals her mother brought from her travels Exemplary of the narrative, the sentence where she mentions hearing the grownups talking about George V s death is followed by We loved to drive out to Uncle Ernie s charming property his hunting boxes, his farms magnificent carriage horses p.35.The two most provocative parts of her childhood are going to New York before WWII and her father s lesson when she was caught in a lie The Why did the Mountbatten s send their daughters to the US prior to WWII I would not have been surprised if it was because of the bombing, but that it was the virulent anti Semitism spreading across the channel is all that was said on the topic There is no word on how this manifested itself or why the Vanderbilt s selected as hosts Regarding the lie, Lord Mountbatten s response shows that the level her parents were operating on was far different from the level of awareness that Hicks shows in this book.The section on India, despite its limited scope, was worth the read for its descriptions from the Mountbatten s new home in the Viceroy Palace 25 indoor gardeners to attend to the flower arrangements p 105 , the visits to India s princes, and the encounters with Gandhi and Nehru Any opportunities for depth are left unwritten For instance, she refers to thought provoking p 113 discussions with the girls from Lady Irwin College Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Christians are no mention of the topics or, of most interest, what became of the girls after Independence.The limited world view presented in this book may be defined by Hick s concern after the euphoria of India s independence had given way to the horrors of partition In the midst of this devastation I wondered if we would be able to get away for the marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Phillip in November p.142.There is lot of concern with rank what should the admiral call her father when he returned to the Navy at a lower rank than before What should the admiral call Prince Philip especially now that his wife is the queen In Kenya when Lisabet becomes queen, what should she now be called Hicks describes her different curtsies for different purposes I wondered what her mother, given her experience among wounded soldiers, refugees, and victims of ethnic violence, might think about her daughter s emphasis on protocol as well as clothing, her mongoose, etc in this memoir.It should be noted that the writing style and scope work in the chapters devoted to the 1953 4 Commonwealth Tour is appropriate This is a tour of pomp and protocol with no dramatic historical events to be interpreted Unfortunately, the whole book is written in this monotone.Is Hicks too guarded or does it just seem this way Does she think expressing an opinion or point of view might offend Is she trying to be too modest about her parents achievements Is she as blinded by titles and rank as she appears What does she think precipitated her parents sending her to the US in 1940 Has she noticed the changing role of the European aristocracy Whatever the source of her detachment from the momentous events she witnessed, what c should have insightful book was a pleasant, but very light collection of anecdotes

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    I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.This is a fast, easy read describing the early life of Pamela Mountbatten Pamela Mountbatten had an interesting childhood on many levels With multiple ties to the British royal family and many other European royal families and a war hero father, she led an incredibly privileged life, and had an insider s view of events most of us only read about in history books.Her family was frankly unconventional While she seems to have been I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.This is a fast, easy read describing the early life of Pamela Mountbatten Pamela Mountbatten had an interesting childhood on many levels With multiple ties to the British royal family and many other European royal families and a war hero father, she led an incredibly privileged life, and had an insider s view of events most of us only read about in history books.Her family was frankly unconventional While she seems to have been close to her father, her mother was brittle and difficult Both parents spent long periods of time away from the family, pursuing both their careers duty, and their love affairs.Many reviewers have remarked on her detachment In my opinion, it s her detachment when discussing her parents marriage that strikes the oddest note I found the book both oddly boring, and oddly fascinating

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