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 fiancé, Johnny. Her extensive luggage—jewellery, crockery, linen and furs—followed by ship.
But her doting fiancé 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.
'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 '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
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 25th June 2017
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.4 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.3