The Mitford Girls: The Biography of an Extraordinary Family

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Little, Brown Book Group, Sep 4, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 624 pages

'A cracking read ' Lynn Barber, Observer

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.

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A family saga of the Mitford family an upper crust English family between 1894-2000. I enjoyed this book because it was about six sister raised in the same household with very different opinions and ... Read full review

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The story of the six Mitford siblings, their parents and relations, with particular focus on the five sisters: literary Nancy, beautiful fascist Diana, home-maker Pam, Hitler-fantatic Unity, social ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

A former accountant and Company Director Mary Lovell now 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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