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Alex von Tunzelmann was educated at Oxford and lives in London. Indian Summer is her first book.

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Add to Wishlist Add to Wishlist. Tragically the only difference that could be fallen back on, to perhaps legitimise their personal rivalry, as something which others could crystallise around was the religious background - had those two been able to sit down, perhaps at dinner in a fashionable restaurant and agreed on a division of power in a post-Empire situation with one, for instance, becoming Prime Minister the other Chancellor of the Exchequer with a wide ranging brief over Economic development, then even without the good offices of Edwina Mountbatten events would have played out very differently.

As it was their position in deeply entangled networks of friends and family meant that a disparaging remark made by one over dinner would be heard by the other over their breakfast. Then there were the likes of Gandhi - a man at all costs to avoid having as your father or husband - who for all his stated rejection of the British legal system was one of the more terrifying negotiators to emerge ever from the Temple, and Winston Churchill, who to preserve British sovereignty over the sub-continent apparently would have intrigued with the Devil and in his absence found Jinnah entirely congenial, and if he could not preserve sovereignty and the glamour of Empire he was happy to settle for the hope of lasting influence naturally completely irrespective of any bloodshed that might cause on the ground.

Churchill really was a bit of a Boris Johnson.

It was against this background that Mountbatten, or Battenberg as he was before the First World War, a cousin of the British Royal Family, was dropped in as Viceroy with a brief from the Atlee government to end the British Empire's dominion over India.

Partly on ideological grounds, partly because due to the expense of World War Two, it was completely unaffordable.


Mountbatten, despite his naval career which involved colliding with British ships, colliding with British mines, and finally being sunk by the enemy in action - this was turned into the film "In which We Serve" by his friend Noel Coward, a rare instance of a propaganda film being made about an unheroic defeat, before being given a position in command of joint operations and heading up the Dieppe raid disaster view spoiler [it is only fair to mention that Churchill's complete disregard for the loss of human life and the keenness of the Canadian government for their soldiers to get into action also played their parts hide spoiler ], remained in all circumstances undaunted and confident in his own judgement.

His one triumph was managing to get his nephew married to the future Queen of Britain.


As it turns out, that ability to manage interpersonal relationships in a way to achieve something out of nothing was useful in winning round most of India's Princes to join the new state. For everything else he had the redoubtable Edwina, who in addition to her passionate relationship with Nehru view spoiler [here I ask all readers to remember that Boccaccio several times tells us that one woman may satisfy a man, but it takes many men to please a woman, something that Mountbatten himself was tolerant of hide spoiler ] Mountbatten appeared to be quite happy living in a room decorated to look like a ship's cabin and being allowed to hold his wife's hand once a month, while Edwina needed something more.When she died, suddenly, at the age of 58, Nehru sent an Indian Navy frigate to the spot where she had been buried at sea in the English Channel, to cast a single wreath of marigolds.

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