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Time and chance: An autobiography

by Peter Townsend

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Townsend was a RAF fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain and he shot down the first German bomber to crash on British soil since WW I. He was wounded more than once and suffered from stress.

Eventually he was appointed an equerry to King George and served the Royal Family for nine years. This job led him to become a lose friend of Princess Margaret and eventually they sought permission to marry which was refused by the Queen and the Government because Townsend was divorced

He was banished to Belgium to serve in the Embassy there. Eventually he left public service to drive his Land Rover around the world. This led to film making and eventually writing. He was a wine agent at one point promoting French wines in the USA. Later he was an adviser on the movie, The Battle of Britain.

For me, the highlight of this book are not the brief chapters on his war experience which is why I read the book, but his behind the scenes look at life in the Royal family. Because of his position, he met and conversed with many of the world's leaders and British politicians. His description of life in a British public school is interesting as well with the frequent abuse and humiliation suffered by students which he suggests is why Britain was always able to overcome adversity because its leaders were toughened by the experience. ( )
  lamour | Jun 21, 2013 |
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