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From Bletchley Park to Take Your Pick – this baroness’s memoir is a blast

A review of Coming Up Trumps: A Memoir, by Jean Trumpington, who moved through life with the sceptical wit of a highly intelligent scullerymaid

17 May 2014

9:00 AM

17 May 2014

9:00 AM

Coming Up Trumps: A Memoir Jean Trumpington

Macmillan, pp.236, £16.99, ISBN: 9781447256779

Jean Trumpington’s memoir, published as she closes in on her 92nd birthday, is an absolute blast from the opening page. She was born in 1922 to a posh but poor English father and a loaded but nouveau American mother. ‘The paint business’ filled the coffers. They lived in a Georgian townhouse with ten servants, just north of Hyde Park.

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