CategoriesBiography/Autobiography THE SIX: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters


THE SIX: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters

LAURA THOMPSON    Book Number: 82352    Product format: Hardback

'Take six girls, all of them rampant individualists, and let them loose upon one of the most politically explosive periods in history.' The girls, born between 1904 and 1920, were born into one of Britain's oldest families, tracing their history back pre-Conquest. Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica and Deborah could, as the author explains, be summed up in a chant as 'Writer, Countrywoman, Fascist, Nazi, Communist, Duchess'. There was a brother, Tom, who tends to be overshadowed by the girls in any biographies, yet he too was a strong personality. Though he was educated at Eton, the girls were educated at home and so the three large country houses the family owned were their playground. There was a great sense of freedom; they practically lived in a world of their own, following their various interests. However, they didn't operate as a sextet because of age differences, instead forming alliances with the sibling nearest to them in age. They debuted into society with a ball, as was the custom, and there were sixteen years between the first, Nancy's, and the last, Deborah's. It's fascinating to find a book about all six sisters, as usually writers concentrate on just one or two. This highly readable account lets us into the secrets of their often scandalous lives; Diana married Oswald Mosley, founder of the British Union of Fascists, Jessica was a member of the American Communist Party, Nancy was a novelist, Pamela was adored by poet John Betjeman, Deborah became Duchess of Devonshire while tragic Unity, on hearing that Britain had declared war in Germany, shot herself because she idolised Hitler. 388pp. B/w illus.
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