One Leg Over: Having Fun—Mostly—in Peace and War

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Text Publishing Company, Jan 30, 2017 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages
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  • Robin Dalton, now aged 96, has lived an extraordinary life—as a TV performer, spy, literary agent, film producer and author. But it's her love life that's in the spotlight this time
  • A surprising, lively and fun memoir of love, relationships and a young woman's sexual liberation
  • One Leg Over is a vibrant account of a colourful life and tells of Robin's affairs with, among others, David, Marquis of Milford Haven, Prince Philip's best friend and best man
  • At the age of 17 Robin was briefly married to an older man, in Sydney. Their divorce bumped the war off the front page of a Sydney newspaper with the headline 'Society Disgrace'
  • An extract to give a sense of Robin Dalton's style: 'During the five months duration (weekends only) of my marriage I did not even learn what an orgasm was. Neither did I learn this from the American servicemen with whom I exultingly tripped through the first years of our Pacific War. It took the British Navy, our second wave of war time visiting servicemen, to teach me this.'
  • Robin left behind WWII Sydney to fly to London at a time when flight was reserved for special military personnel, and went on to develop friendships with Frank Sinatra, Noel Coward, Prince Philip, Lord Mountbatten, Edward and Wallis Simpson, and various kings and princes. She was also a correspondent of Jack Kennedy and T. S. Eliot
  • Robin Dalton writes of love and heartbreak, of parties with the aristocracy and her many fiancÚs in this hugely entertaining memoir of a time in history more commonly associated with hardship and austerity
  • In 2015 Text published Aunts Up the Cross in the Text Classics, as well as publishing for the first time the delightful short book Robin wrote aged eight, My Relations
  • The publication of One Leg Over will be supported by a strong publicity and marketing campaign

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In 2015, Text reissued Robin Dalton's 1965 memoir Aunts up the Cross as part of its 'Text Classics' series. The book offered a humorous glimpse into Dalton's bohemian childhood in 1930s Kings Cross ... Read full review

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About the author (2017)

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.

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