Andrew Lownie

Dickie and Edwina: The Life and Loves of the Mountbattens

Date: Friday 20th September 2019
Venue: Public Hall
Time: 12pm
Tickets: SOLD OUT £12 (Students: £10)

Earl Mountbatten of Burma, killed by the IRA 40 years ago this August, is one of the major British historical figures of the 20th 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’.

From Head of Combined Operations to the last Viceroy and first Governor General of India, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Defence Staff, member of the Royal Family and mentor of Prince Philip and Prince Charles: his life provides an opportunity to look at the most important and controversial issues of the last century.

But his 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 after.

Historian and literary agent Andrew Lownie gives us the first joint biography, based on extensive research in their archives, examining their unconventional marriage, his ruthlessness and vanity and her search to find some purpose in her life – lives set against the glamorous background and key figures of 20th-century politics and society.

The Mountbattens, Andrew lownir, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival