Earl Mountbatten of Burma is one of the major British historical figures of the twentieth century . As one obituary noted, ‘It seemed almost unbelievable that one human being could have touched the history of our century at so many points’.
Given unprecedented access to family archives Andrew Lownie's new biography sheds fresh light on one of the most enigmatic couples of recent times. Louis Mountbatten's biography cannot be told without also examining that of his wife Edwina, the richest heiress in the world when they married, whose aimless pre-war life of multiple lovers found new purpose during World War Two and afterwards with her humanitarian work.
It is a rich story whose characters include: all the key figures of the Second World War from Churchill, Macmillan, Eden, Montgomery to Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Stilwell and Chiang Kai-Shek; The Royal Family from the Duke of Windsor and George VI to the Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Charles; Barbara Cartland , Charlie Chaplin, Agatha Christie, Noel Coward, Joan Crawford, Salvador Dali, Tom Driberg, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, George Gershwin, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Merle Oberon and Laurens van der Post.
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Feb 6, 2020, 19:45 hrs
'The Mountbattens' with Andrew Lownie
The New Wolsey Theatre