7pm at Digby Memorial Hall in Digby Road
The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves by Andrew Lownie
Published 22nd August 2019 to tie in with the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Mountbatten
Andrew Lownie was a very popular speaker at the 2015 Festival when he spoke about Stalin's Englishman (Guy Burgess the spy).
This is an account of an unusual marriage which, whilst beset with infidelities, was also a loving and mutually supportive one. It also reveals much new information on many of the controversies of Mountbatten’s career from the disastrous 1942 Dieppe Raid to the rapid transfer of power in India in 1947 as well as his murder in 1979.
Andrew Lownie says: “Though both Dickie and Edwina have had individual official biographies many years ago, this is the first joint biography and is based on extensive research not just in their own private papers but also archive collections around the world, interviews with dozens of people who knew them closely and Freedom of Information requests on both sides of the Atlantic. What I found surprised me and gives a very different picture of the couple and their relationship than in previous books.”
He has written for numerous papers and magazines, including the Times, Sunday Telegraph, Guardian, Daily Mail, Spectator, New Statesman, The Age, Wall Street Journal, BBC History Magazine, History Today and Scotland on Sunday.