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The Lady is a Trump.,
This review is from: Coming Up Trumps: A Memoir (Hardcover)
According to LP Hartley, "The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there." For the English upper classes in the middle of the last century, the past wasn't so much a foreign country as a whole other planet. This memoir, spanning almost a century, makes the reader acutely aware of how much times have changed. And what an engaging read it is!
Baroness Trumpington writes with a simple honest charm, telling us about her privileged (though latterly impoverished) upbringing when children were brought up by their nannies and presented to their parents for a goodnight peck on the cheek. That was about it for physical or emotional contact - and even at the age of 91, she doesn't seem to have ever recovered from her mother's lack of warmth. But then, we never get over our parents, do we?
Nevertheless, the Baroness has enjoyed the most amazing life and loved virtually every minute of it. She herself is the first to admit that she's been remarkably lucky. But plucky too. And her courage combined with a sense of mischief, infectious good humour and a positive attitude to whatever life throws her way has brought her not only many friends but also countless work opportunities. She has seized every one of them. She talks a lot of sense and sounds the most tremendous fun.