mfch table talks: india hicks

by Sarah Nusz
india hicks on bicycle in paris

I recently interviewed India Hicks for the current edition of the My French Country Home Magazine.

Having followed India for a while now, I’ve always loved her enthusiasm for anything she is involved in. Be it laying a beautiful table, enjoying water-sports with her family, interviewing her Mum for their fantastic podcast series or helping out with the recovery effort after a hurricane hit the Bahamas.

India lives an extraordinary life. Daughter to the renowned interior designer David Hicks, grand daughter to Earl Mountbatten, last Viceroy of India and bridesmaid at the wedding of Charles and Diana, India never rested on her family laurels, but sought to write her own story.

india hicks in pink dress walking through orchard

Her audience watched her develop her own brand over the years. Won over by her frank approach to business and to marketing. When her own company folded a couple of years ago, she didn’t pretend that everything was fine, but let her followers feel her sadness and disappointment, and then watch as she picked herself up and worked out her next chapter.

She recently published a new book, An Entertaining Story, in which she explains how she loves to entertain at home and fills the pages with pictures of beautiful tablescapes.

cover from an entertaining story by India Hicks

You can read my full interview with India in the current edition of our MFCH magazine`, but today I’d like to share with you our chat together. We spoke by phone when she was in France a few months ago, and I wasn’t disappointed! I hope you enjoy listening to our chat.


Jacquelyn Goudeau April 10, 2021 - 6:41 am

Thank you for the interview with India Hicks.
I needed to hear this because it is TIME for me to get back into the world.

Cathy Chapman April 10, 2021 - 8:25 am

That was a lovely intview! I have long been a fan of India Hicks. I must order her new book. I need some fresh inspiration. I am an interior designer and it’s not just what I do, it’s who I am! Thank you, Sharon, you are always so gracious.

wendy jones April 10, 2021 - 12:06 pm

It is so interesting that a woman like this would throw herself into a business adventure. It’s easy to imagine that she could live comfortably without working, and yet here she is taking risks and having fun. I love her for that!

Jennifer Ozo April 10, 2021 - 12:16 pm

How I would love to share my time between the Bahamas and Oxfordshire – and still stay so down to earth! Thank you , it was a joy to listen to you both.

Jennifer from Tampa, Florida

jane goodman April 10, 2021 - 12:17 pm

Thank you for sharing your chat with India Hicks. What an unusual life she lives. I have several of her books and love them all. It was fun to hear you british ladies chatting together

Take care Sharon


Jacquelyn Goudeau April 10, 2021 - 5:37 pm

Part II- Jacquelyn Goudeau-Please tell Ms Hicks,
As a community development person- the work she did in establishing a Co-op of women was the best way to go. She taught those women “HOW TO FISH- rather then giving them a fish”. They will move on their own when Their Time is RIGHT. 5 YRS is a fantastic prototype! Oui/Yes!

Nora April 10, 2021 - 12:18 pm

I wish you had asked her more about her chats with her Mom. They are so wonderful to listen to. I have India’s book about her house in England, it is great! And her husband is so handsome too!

Donna D April 10, 2021 - 12:37 pm

Merci, so enjoyed this interview as I have been a keen follower of India Hicks for a very long time.
I shall look forward to also purchasing her new book!

Beth April 10, 2021 - 2:06 pm

Earl Mountbatten rather than Early?

Sharon Santoni April 10, 2021 - 7:30 pm

Thank you! Corrected 🙂

Mrs. Laura Susan Bamberg Gideon April 10, 2021 - 2:08 pm

I really enjoyed this article and interview, so thank you very much for sharing it with us. It’s pollen season here in Georgia, so the uplift of spring has been washed out by the annoyances and pain of pollen season. It just so happens that today is the last day of the worst of it, and I found that out right before I listened to your podcast. So, long story short – I feel renewed! Energized! And inspired! Thank you Sharon and India!

Mary Stephenson April 20, 2021 - 10:54 pm

Thanks for sharing this. I used to sell for her and met her once in Kansas City. I have a couple of her books

Shirley Graham April 10, 2021 - 4:07 pm

Have your newest magazine & enjoyed it so much!! It’s Spring here in Ohio & as usual we have our ups & downs. 80 one day & snow the next – you never know but makes life interesting!!

Jerry K April 10, 2021 - 10:37 pm

Loved this interview with India. You’re both so down to earth and I loved the article in the magazine too

Jan Stoppard April 10, 2021 - 10:44 pm

I so enjoy your magazine Sharon, and India’s interview was a great article in the March copy.


Laurie L Wilby April 12, 2021 - 1:50 am

Wonderful conversation. Lovely interview. Gracious and open as always. Thank you.

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