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The Mitford Girls tells the true story behind the gaiety and frivolity of the six Mitford daughters - and the facts are as sensational as any novel.
Nancy, whose bright social existence masked an obsessional doomed love which soured her success; Pam, a countrywoman married to one of the best brains in Europe; Diana, an iconic beauty, who was already married when at 22 she fell in love with Oswald Moseley, the leader of the British fascists; Unity, who romantically in love with Hitler, became a member of his inner circle before shooting herself in the temple when WWII was declared; Jessica, the family rebel, who declared herself a communist in the schoolroom and the youngest sister, Debo, who became the Duchess of Devonshire.
This is an extraordinary story of an extraordinary family, containing much new material, based on exclusive access to Mitford archives.
About the Author
Mary Lovell lists her chief interests as horses, sailing, aviation and book collecting. She enjoys overseas travel and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She is the author of four previous biographies including the international bestseller Straight On Till Morning: The Biography of Beryl Markham.
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A great book to pick up and read but oh so hard to put down. I had no idea all this went on before or after the war. Had heard the name Mosley banded about by my parents and subsequently in books TV and films, but did not know there was a connection with the Churchill family. I found myself thinking they may have had more money and breeding but really there behaviour was outrageous. Unbelievable at times, that they got away with it. In today's times of Social Media they would be on everyone's lips, a social outcry no doubt. But glad they did, as the book was great to read and gave me so much pleasure and that's what it's all about.
This is the third book I read in relation to the life and times of London society, including Wallis Simpson and King Edward and introducing the Third Reich. It is an absolute eye-opener and extremely intriguing. Having a keen interest in the life and times of Nazism, this has been an interesting cross-over.
I love reading about real people so I am always fascinated by truly interesting & unique people and this family really was interesting in the extreme and absolutely unique. All the sisters were such individuals who had set & extreme ideas but they must have been very smart as they did lack formal education due to their mother's phobia about it.
This book was one of those "can't put it down" reads. It was very well written and inspired me to purchase more books about the Mitfords and also the Churchills.
In The Mitford Girls, Mary S Lovell cordially brings together the varied personalities of an eccentric British blue-eyed sisterhood that spanned the 20th century. Born of "minor provincial aristocracy", as the late Lord Longford put it, the six Mitford sisters and one brother came to epitomise the Bright Young Thing generation of London society, hosting the extravagant, giddy parties lampooned by Evelyn Waugh in Vile Bodies. Nancy, the literary dry wit, was herself to write several successful novels, most notably Love in a Cold Climate and The Pursuit of Love, which followed the family prescription of fact doused with fiction. Notoriety, though, came elsewhere. Diana, beautiful and strong-willed, left Bryan Guinness the month Hitler came to power in Germany to be with dashing British fascist leader Oswald Mosley, whom she eventually married. A meeting of hearts and beliefs, they stayed together through internment during the war, and the years after. Tragedy came with the manic public fervour of the unfortunately named Unity for Hitler and the German Nazi Party. She met the F?hrer on 140 occasions between 1935 and 1939, achieving a rare intimacy, but when war broke out she shot herself in a vain bid to end her life, which left her disabled for the rest of her life. Decca was the leftwing antithesis of Unity, who wrote The American Way of Death and Hons and Rebels, the latter eve
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 1st November 2002
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6 x 4.0
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1