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VINE VOICEon 4 June 2014
Trumpers is a good storyteller, with a good story to tell in this light and quick-read memoir.

Her energy for life shines through on every page, and her larger-than-life character is evident throughout.

Her style is matter-of-fact for the most part, although she speaks emotionally about her husband and family at times.

Coming from a well-connected family she rattles off her views and anecdotes about many- from Lloyd George to Enoch Powell, Robert Mugabe to Harold Macmillan, Jackie O to Mrs Thatcher and Rab Butler to Sam Cam and Jack Whitehall.

She tells of her family losing everything in the '29 crash, moving to the country and eventually returning to London. Trumpers starts work at Bletchley Park and moves to New York before marrying her husband, Barker. They settle in Cambridge and after her full-time role as an Headmaster's wife and local councillor in Cambridge, she is London-bound, admitted to The House of Lords, and subsequently working for a number of government departments in the Thatcher era.

It's a good read but more of her personal insights into many she met would have been nice. A really small point is her use of the word `deplaned' near the end of the book- I can't believe for a minute it's a word she would use!

So, if you're looking for depth and analysis of her life and times, don't start here.

But if you do want a candid memoir that is emphatically told, in an authentic voice, by a good raconteur, then look no further.
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