Jean trumpington coming up trumps
Coming Up Trumps: A Memoir by Jean TrumpingtonThe Top Ten Sunday Times bestseller. In this characteristically trenchant memoir, the indomitable Jean Trumpington looks back on her long and remarkable life. The daughter of an officer in the Bengal Lancers and an American heiress, Jean Campbell-Harris was born into a world of considerable privilege, but the Wall Street Crash entirely wiped out her mothers fortune. Leaving school at 15, without ever taking an exam, the young Jean Campbell-Harris was sent to Paris to study art and both French and German, but two years later, with the outbreak of World War II, she became a land girl—on a farm owned by Lloyd George, a family friend—however, she soon changed direction, joining naval intelligence at Bletchley Park, where she stayed for the rest of the war. After the war she worked first in Paris and then in New York, on Madison Avenue, with advertisings mad men. It was in New York that she met her husband, the historian Alan Barker, and their marriage, in 1954, ushered in the happiest period of her life—bringing up her only son, Adam, and becoming a not entirely conventional headmasters wife, before embarking on her distinguished political career, as a Cambridge City councillor, Mayor of Cambridge, and, then, in 1980, a life peer. Forthright, witty, and deliciously opinionated, Coming Up Trumps is a wonderfully readable account of a life very well lived.
Bletchley Park Code Breakers - Baroness Trumpington
Coming Up Trumps: A Memoir Unabridged edition
In this witty, candid and utterly fascinating memoir, Baroness Trumpington looks back on her long and remarkable life. The daughter of an officer in the Bengal Lancers and an American heiress, she was born in into a world of privilege and luxury. But her mother lost most of her inheritance in the Wall Street Crash and the family retrenched from Mayfair to Sandwich, in Kent, where her mother became a succesful society interior decorator. Leaving school at fifteen, without ever taking an exam, the young Jean Campbell-Harris was sent to Paris to study art and both French and German, but two years later, with the outbreak of the Second World War, she became a land girl - on a farm owned by Lloyd George, a family friend. She loathed the outdoor life and soon changed direction, putting her German to good use by joining naval intelligence at Bletchley Park, where she stayed for the rest of the war. After the war was over, she went to New York and worked on Madison Avenue as an advertising copywriter.
The gesture would have been widely condemned as epitomising the yobbish tendency in contemporary politics. No such opprobrium has attached to the venerable Tory Baroness Trumpington, who flicked a V-sign at a fellow peer during a debate in the House of Lords in In fact, it was the best career move she ever made. Shut your eyes — this is one of the acid tests of a good memoir — and you can almost hear the baroness in full flow, holding forth over a whisky in a bar in the House of Lords. She certainly has a fascinating story to tell, with unexpected twists and turns and an exotic supporting cast, from Lloyd George to Jack Whitehall. Born in , the daughter of an army officer, and with the minimum of formal schooling, Jean Trumpington was a colourful live wire long before Margaret Thatcher made her a junior minister in the House of Lords in the Eighties.
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