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Hons and Rebels: The Mitford Family Memoir

Jessica Mitford

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20th century, Biography: general, Autobiography: historical, political & military, Biography: literary, Memoirs, Prose: non-fiction

The classic memoir of one of the century's most extraordinary families.

'Whenever I read the words 'Peer's Daughter' in a headline,' Lady Redesdale once sadly remarked, 'I know it's going to be something about one of you children.'

The Mitford family is one of the centuries most enigmatic, made notorious by Nancy's novels, Diana's marriage to Sir Oswald Mosley, Unity's infatuation with Hitler, Debo's marriage to a duke and Jessica's passionate commitment to communism.

HONS AND REBELS is an enchanting and deeply absorbing memoir of an isolated and eccentric upbringing which conceals beneath its witty, light-hearted surface much wisdom and depth of feeling.

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Jessica Mitford

Jessica Mitford was the fifth of the six Mitford daughters and always the rebel among her sisters - Nancy, Pam, Diana, Unity and Debo. At the age of 19 she eloped to the Spanish Civil War with her cousin, Esmond Romilly and the two of them moved to the US in 1939. Esmond Romilly died in action in 1941 and Jessica later married Bob Treuhaft, a lawyer, with whom she lived in California. A one-time member of the American Communist Party, Jessica was a frequent target for the House Committee of Un-American Activities and was a passionate supporter of civil rights.

Previous titles:
The American Way of Death Revisited (Bfmt Dec 00);
Hons and Rebels;
Grace Had an English Heart;
Poison Penmanship;
Daughters and Rebels: An Autobiography;
The Making of a Muckraker;
A Fine Old Conflict

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