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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
What a delightful little book. Pamela Hicks gives us a forthright account of her early years and what I especially liked was the lack of whinging. The author portrays herself as privileged to have had the life she did, as indeed she was, but as a child coping with her parents open marriage and frequent absence must have been confusing and lonely,but young Pamela looks for...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Daughter of empire
Quite boring in places. To much detail of ceremonies & not enough of the fantastic characteristics of the uniqueness of the personalities.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book !, 29 Mar 2013
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A lovely well written book, the memories are recounted and told with such affection.
I could not put the book down and did not want it to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 25 Mar 2013
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Very interesting, some fantastic bits of history and really refreshing to see a female perspective and some insight from a former lady in waiting to the Queen. My family used to live in what is now part of Pakistan so I read it out of a family history interest. Highly recommended!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 25 Feb 2013
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A gentle book about a lost era. The author is extremely discreet and supportive of her parents' extraordinary marriage. Less informative about India but still a fascinating eye witness account.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daughter of Empire, 24 Feb 2013
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An excellent book, well written giving an insiders knowledge to life as it was in India as a member of the royal family
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daughter of Empire, 8 Feb 2013
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Fascinating insight into the world of the Mountbattens and life in India at the time of independence.Also a first hand account of the Coronation tour.Makes for a very informative book.would highly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but........., 3 Feb 2013
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I found the book extremely interesting particularly how the upper class lived. However I was hoping to read about the period of when Pamela's father died but the book finished suddenly on the death of her mother some years earlier.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So different...!, 27 Jan 2013
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Well the book is so different. The eccentricities of her mother who was mis- understood by many. Not many men would have stood for her, but he did love her.

Mountbatten explains about grand -mama, the strong grandmother and how she
lived with these great women who demanded their cutsey. It's a way of life that has
passed even though we lived through the period or know about it.

Her father would keep notes on names of sailors in HM Ships and when going over for an inspection could and would suddenly remember a face and a name. The
men loved it. Fotr all her faults though, she did a wonderful job during the
war. So it sort of evens out the score.

Pamela Hicks has a good even great book out and should be congratulated.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daughter of Empire, 22 Jan 2013
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Good narrative. Informative and concise picture of a particular time in history with personal story and intimate details of family life..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Little analysation of an interesting life, 19 Jan 2013
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Lady Pamela Hicks is the daughter of Lord Louis Mountbatten and his wife, Edwina. She is cousin to both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. She is the widow of famed designer David Hicks and the mother of three. As the result of her birth and marriage, she has witnessed first hand some of the most important events in mid-20th century English history. Her new book, "Daughter of Empire", is a chronicle of the first 30 or so years of her life.

Lady Pamela has written about her life - recounting events - as if from a remove. I have the feeling that part of that is natural reserve, but she does not reflect on much that's happened. As a reader, it takes a bit of getting used to, but its also nice not to have to endure an author's gushy self-analysis. Things happened, relationships came and went, and as a child - the younger of two daughters of the Mountbattens - Pamela lived in a world of parents having lovers who were welcomed as part of the nuclear family. Her father went his way - in his naval career - and her mother traveled a lot with her boyfriend, sending Pamela and Patricia lovely missives from wherever she was in the world. The 1930's passed this way for Pamela, who was under the care of her grandmother and various nannies. She'd see her parents at times, and the family members were always glad to be together again, but then, off Dickie and Edwina would go.

Wartime was spent partly in the United States where she was sent for a year or so of safekeeping, but she returned to England to help out with the war effort. It was after the war, at the age of 17, when Pamela really began to live life. Her parents were sent to India, as Lord Mountbatten was appointed by George VI as the last Viceroy of India. He was to oversee the independence from the United Kingdom and the eventual partition of the country into India and Pakistan. She writes well about her duties - both social and politically - as the daughter of the last Viceroy and Vicerine. During her time in India, she traveled back with her parents to act as a bridesmaid to Princess Elizabeth in her marriage to Philip Mountbatten. Later, she was the Princess's Lady in Waiting on the trip to Africa where Elizabeth "climbed a tree to a hotel as a princess and left it as a queen"; the result of George VI's death. She later accompanied the Queen and Prince Philip on another round-the-world journey.

Pamela Hicks - at age 83 - is an accomplished teller of tales. What she thought about what she experienced is very little expressed. Don't pick this book up, hoping for analysation of the intricacies of the British monarchy, because you won't find it. You will find, however, a well-written story of an interesting life. And maybe that's how it should be.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting look behind the scenes of history, 5 Jan 2013
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The book is interesting because it relates to events that have occurred in my lifetime. You read about these events in the newspapers or in the news at the time but it was good to know what happened behind the history and to learn a little more about the people who were involved. If you like history then this is a good read.
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