Drawing on four years of research around the world, a new biography of the glamorous couple behind the modern royal family, from the award-winning author Andrew Lownie.
Andrew Lownie was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he was Dunster History Prizeman and President of the Union, before taking his Masters and doctorate at Edinburgh University. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and former visiting fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, he has run his own literary agency since 1988. A trustee of the Campaign for Freedom of Information and President of The Biographers Club, he has written for the Times, Telegraph, Wall Street Journal, Spectator and Guardian and formerly served in the Royal Naval Reserve.
One of the few joys of lockdown for me. Lownie is an unusual
biographer in that he is at once a great investigative journalist,
but also a fine writer. * Tim Walker, journalist and broadcaster
Richly entertaining... impressively well-researched * Daily Mail, Biography of the Year *
Incisive... strongly recommend * The Times *
A study in aggressive social climbing [with] quick-moving fluency * Sunday Times *
Painstakingly researched... genuinely enthralling * Observer *
A page-turner which is also a carefully researched work of history * Spectator *
A compelling new biography...superbly researched * Daily Express *
Everything a top-notch biography should be * Budapest Times *
Well-researched, enjoyable, revealing * The Oldie *
By dint of prodigious research, Lownie has stripped away the accretions of fable and fiction to give us an unvarnished double portrait. It is vivid, well balanced and often sympathetic * Literary Review *
A well-balanced portrait of flawed individuals... The book promises scandal and does not disappoint. Lownie's book dares to go where no other Mountbatten biography has gone before. An explosive account that looks behind the facade of a celebrated couple * The Lady, 5 stars *
Wherever a reader turns in this magnificent book there are new ideas to consider. Lownie's writing fits the complex nature of his subject yet is always completely unambiguous. I loved this book. * Queensland Reviewers Collective *