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ANDREW LOWNIE

THE MOUNTBATTENS

JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 16.00 / £8

Prize-winning and bestselling historian, Andrew Lownie, returns to Jersey Festival of Words with a nuanced portrayal of two very unusual people and their complex marriage.

Earl Mountbatten of Burma is one of the major British historical figures of the twentieth century (and a central figure in The Crown) whose career included being Supreme Allied Commander of South East Asia during World War Two and the last Viceroy of India. Once the richest woman in Britain and a playgirl who enjoyed numerous affairs, Edwina Mountbatten emerged from World War Two as a magnetic and talented charity worker loved around the world. Their lives provide an opportunity to look at the most important and controversial issues of the last century.

From British high society and the South of France to the battlefields of Burma and the Viceroy’s House, this is a rich and filmic story whose characters include all the key figures of the Second World War. From Churchill and Montgomery to Roosevelt and Eisenhower; the Royal Family, including the Duke of Windsor, George VI, the Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Charles; to Charlie Chaplin, Noel Coward, Salvador Dali, George Gershwin, Grace Kelly and Merle Oberon.

Andrew Lownie was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he was President of the Union, before studying for a Masters and Doctorate in history at Edinburgh University. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and former Cambridge history fellow, he has run his own literary agency since 1988. He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines and his books include lives of the writer John Buchan and the spy Guy Burgess. Stalin’s Englishman was a Book/Biography of the Year in the Times, Guardian, Spectator, BBC History Magazine and Daily Mail and won the St Ermin’s Hotel Intelligence Prize, the premier intelligence book award in the English-speaking world. It was also optioned by the makers of Sherlock for a drama.

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