Their Lives & Loves: The Sunday Times Bestseller
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 faade 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 * A fine blend of political, military, and personal history. * Hindustani Times * A complex story beautifully written which never felt less like a history lesson, but I learned so much by the end. A triumph of storytelling. -- Anne Sebba A timely debunking of the golden Mountbatten myth. Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Lownie's portrait of a deeply flawed man and his extraordinary marriage is an irresistible read. -- Robert Beaumont Contains many fresh social and political insights into an important subject, revealed in a gripping and detailed narrative. -- Richard Thorpe, biographer of Anthony Eden and Harold Macmillan An entertaining, knowledgeable account of the extraordinary official, sexual and social lives of royal relative, Earl Mountbatten, and his multi-millionairess wife, Lady Edwina. -- Sarah Bradford, Royal biographer 'Lownie's account of things is a mixture of inevitably indulgent gossip, descriptions of lavish parties, yachts and mansions, while also evaluating Mountbatten's chequered military career and Edwina's humanitarian work. One for royal watchers.' -- Sydney Morning Herald "This glittering biography delves into the scandal-filled and history-making partnership of Lord Louis 'Dickie' Mountbatten and his wife Edwina, an heiress turned humanitarian who charmed the world." -- People 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 * Acute observations, careful analysis and skilful articulation * Royal History Geeks * "A juicy dual biography. Readers will be astounded by the intrigues and accomplishments of this remarkable couple." -- Publishers Weekly Well-written and reads very easily....a valuable warts and all portrait of a couple who were centre stage in British public life for some sixty years. Recommended * The Naval Review * A brilliant book! Here's 'Uncle Dickie' as he's never been revealed before * Robert Lacey * An audacious, myth-busting book by a master biographer (determined to get to the truth). * Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang, author The Last Vicereine * A remarkable and definitive portrait -- Frederick Forsyth on Stalin's Englishman Shrewd, thorough, revelatory * William Boyd on Stalin's Englishmen * [Lownie] manages to convey the charm as well as the turpitude * Craig Brown on Stali
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.