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The House of Mitford - Jonathan Guinness

Paperback Published: 4th November 2004
ISBN: 9780753818039
Number Of Pages: 688

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The Mitfords were one of the 20th century's most intriguing and controversial families--glamorous, romantic, and especially in politics, extreme. Among the six daughters and one son born to Lord and Lady Redesdale were Nancy, the novelist and historian; Diana, the wife of fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley; Unity, friend of Hitler; Jessica, a communist-turned-investigative journalist; and Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire. Yet, as this intimate portrait shows, the violent disagreements and flamboyant contrasts that characterized the family obscured a powerful affection and a strong underlying unity. Journalist Jonathan Guinness is the elder son of Diana Mosley. Catherine Guinness, a former writer for Interview magazine, is his daughter.

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'Bigger, better and back on the shelves. Lord Moyne's lively account of the swishest society sextet has been updated. It's an oldie but it's a goodie'. - Tatler - Camilla Long

This entertaining book continues to promote the Mitfords' historical interest - The Times

Algernon Bertram Mitford
Family and early lifep. 3
Foreign officep. 18
The legation in Chinap. 26
The opening of Japanp. 34
Travelsp. 50
The Stanley connectionp. 63
Office of worksp. 73
Figure of dignityp. 81
Old age and deathp. 97
Thomas Gibson Bowles
Mr. Milner-Gibson's indiscretionp. 107
From civil servant to journalistp. 114
Magazine proprietorp. 124
A master mariner and his reflectionsp. 132
Marriage, children and bereavementp. 140
Cruise of the Nereidp. 154
Member of parliamentp. 165
Disenchantmentp. 184
Elderly gadflyp. 194
The Mitford childhood
David and Sydneyp. 209
Early married lifep. 222
Batsfordp. 234
Asthallp. 251
Growing upp. 266
Swinbrookp. 286
Nancy in the thirtiesp. 297
Diana's first marriagep. 310
Mosley and fascismp. 325
Diana's other lifep. 338
Pam and Tom : Ip. 346
The lure of Germanyp. 358
Hitler, the family friendp. 376
Decca, discontent and elopementp. 395
Approach to warp. 412
War and after
The semi-attached couplep. 437
Decca, marriage and emigrationp. 456
Nancy's warp. 466
Pam and Tom : IIp. 486
Diana, political prisonerp. 498
The French lady writerp. 522
The Mosleys post-warp. 547
Decca, the red starp. 568
Debop. 590
Twenty years onp. 600
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ISBN: 9780753818039
ISBN-10: 0753818035
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 688
Published: 4th November 2004
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7  x 4.5
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1