One Leg Over One Leg Over

One Leg Over

Having fun—mostly—in peace and war

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Publisher Description

‘Robin Dalton’s book is an excellent way to while away a summer’s afternoon in her company.’ Mail on Sunday UK

At the age of ninety-five, Robin Dalton looks back on her life, particularly on her love life.

Married at nineteen, disastrously, Robin has a lucky escape—her ‘Society Divorce’ makes the front page of Sydney newspapers, bumping the war to page three. Then there are the American and British servicemen in Sydney—the dancing, the many trysts and a number of not-too-serious engagements—before Robin travels to England ostensibly to marry one of those fiancés.

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, until she meets the man who will become, for a brief few years before
his early death, her second husband.


One Leg Over is a story of love and romance, of fun and glamour, and of loss and great sadness. But above all it’s a celebration of a wonderful life.

Robin Dalton was born in Sydney, and lived in London from 1946. She was 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. The previously unpublished My Relations was released in 2015. She died in 2022 at the age of 101.


‘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


One Leg Over is a story of Robin’s most wonderful memories of a life so rich in experience.’ Yours Magazine

‘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

GENRE
Biography
RELEASED
2017
30 January
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
208
Pages
PUBLISHER
The Text Publishing Company
SIZE
5.3
MB

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