THE PETER TOWNSEND STORY by Norman Barrymaine

THE PETER TOWNSEND STORY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Told with a restraint which lends earnestness to the effort, this is an understanding and sympathetic biography. Townsend was born in 1914 in Rangoon, son of a Lt. Col. in the Burma Commission whose family had, for generations, sent sons into the Church or the Services. He was in Singapore in '36, was assigned to a crack squadron in '39, by '41 he was a Wing Commander and had won three awards for gallantry. He married Rosemary Pawlee in 1941 and in 1944 he was appointed Air Equerry to King George because of his outstanding record. He was granted a divorce in 1952, given custody of his two boys, and by 1953 he and Margaret had decided to marry. The author assumes that Margaret was in love with Townsend long before his marriage broke up and that her father, then King, had suspected her feelings. Much space is devoted here to the legal, political and theological implications of the proposed marriage and to newspaper and public opinion of the match. The author's conclusion; Peter and Margaret are still deeply in love. His conjecture: a marriage in the future is likely.

Pub Date: Sept. 17th, 1958
Publisher: Dutton