Bought as a gift, but once the recipient had read it, it sounded so good I had to borrow it back. The story was great, this is an autobiography of someone who really has lived a life and not just had a few top hits!
At long last Peter has given his side of his interesting life. His Duel of Eagles is the definitive Battle of Britain book, after all he was a fighter pilot in the battle so knows the real story. His autobiography gives us the missing bits of his life, especially the romance with Princess Margaret. Spoken openly and obviously truthfully but through it all, unlike many others, Peter remained a true officer and a gentleman.
After watching the Crown on Netflix recently I was keen to learn more about the Peter Townsend/Princess Margaret romance and the man himself, which fascinated a whole world. I really enjoyed this book. It told his life as it really was in all aspects and how, despite their love for each other, he could never compensate for all that Princess Margaret would have to give up if she chose to marry him. In the end he had a very happy marriage with Marie-Luce and their three lovely children.
A very well written book by a genuine war hero who was right at the centre of it all, both war and the Royal Family. He was not some gung-ho empire type, but rather a deeply sensitive and intelligent soul. And if you want to read all about the Princess Margaret 'marriage scandal' then he's your man, as he was that man.