My mother's childhood was a whirlwind of of English eccentricity, Hollywood glamour and political education. She grew up with a bear, two wallabies, a mongoose and a lion, in houses filled with guests such as Winston Churchill and the Duchess of Windsor. In 1947 my mother went with her parents to India when they were appointed the last Viceroy and Vicereine. And later She became a bridesmaid to Princess Elizabeth and was at her side as lady-in-waiting when the young princess became Queen. Of course I am partisan but this is a wonderful read.