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One Leg Over: Having Fun - Mostly - In Peace and War

Robin Dalton



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Text Publishing Company
30 January 2017
Biography; Autobiography: general
At the age of ninety-six Robin Dalton looks back on a rich and colourful life, and especially her sumptuous love life. This is a story of romance and love like no other. After marrying young and disastrously, society belle Robin Eakin divorces. The event makes the front page of the Sydney newspapers, bumping the war news to page 2. Then there are the American and British servicemen in Sydney-the dancing, the many trysts and a number of not-too-serious promises of marriage. Robin sets off for London at the end of the war, the only passenger on a military flight, to meet her latest fiancU, Johnny. Her extensive luggage-jewellery, crockery, linen and furs-followed by ship. But her doting fiancU is in for bad news- Robin has fallen for David, Marquis of Milford Haven, friend and cousin of the Duke of Edinburgh, and, once her luggage arrives, Robin says goodbye to Johnny and dashes off with David. While most of Europe struggles with post-war austerity, Robin's days and nights are filled with extravagant dinners, parties with royalty and romantic getaways. Affairs, exotic travel and high living abound before Robin meets and marries Emmet Dalton. But even this deep true love was not destined to last. One Leg Over is a delightful glimpse of a bygone world of romance, glamour and decadence portrayed with inimitable style and outrageous humour.
By:   Robin Dalton
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   296g
ISBN:   9781925355949
ISBN 10:   1925355942
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   30 January 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Stock Indefinitely

Robin Dalton was born Robin Eakin in Sydney in 1920, and has lived in London since 1946. She has been a television performer, an intelligence agent, a literary agent and a film producer (Madame Souzatska starring Shirley Maclaine; Oscar and Lucinda starring Cate Blanchett), as well as an author. Her 1965 account of her childhood in Kings Cross, Aunts Up the Cross, remains an Australian classic. Both Aunts Up the Cross and Dalton's previously unpublished childhood account of her family, My Relations, were published by Text Publishing in 2015.

Reviews for One Leg Over: Having Fun - Mostly - In Peace and War

`The journalist, author, intelligence agent, literary agent and film producer could never be accused of turning away from life. Her -memoir, One Leg Over, is a slice of social history masquerading as a romp that tells us as much about 20th-century shifts in gender as any academic text.' * Australian * `From a whirlwind of romantic liaisons in her teens to a divorce that truly scandalised Sydney and ended with her in the arms of David, Prince Philip's best friend, One Leg Over is a story of Robin's most wonderful memories of a life so rich in experience.' * Yours Magazine * `It's not every day a memoir is written by a nonagenarian (Robin Dalton is 96) but, on reflection, it makes sense that a long life, lived to the hilt, will make for far more interesting reading than the reflections of a precocious younger person, whose trials and tribulations have only just begun, so to speak...Dalton enjoys, I suspect, shocking the reader with her tales of romance, sexual encounters, several engagements and marriage...However, the content of One Leg Over should not be dismissed as fatuous and we are rewarded with a fascinating view of the upper classes in post-war England.' * Age *

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