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The House of Mitford

Jonathan Guinness

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction, History

The classic story of one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary families - an extensively updated new edition.

Among the six daughters and one son born to David, second Lord Redesdale, and his wife Sydney were Nancy, the novelist and historian; Diana, who married fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley; Unity, friend of Hitler; Jessica, who became a communist and then an investigative journalist; and Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire and mistress of Chatsworth. 'The Mitford Girls', as John Betjeman called them, were one of the twentieth century's most controversial families; said to be always either in shrieks of laughter or floods of tears, they were glamorous, romantic and - especially in politics - extreme. Yet the teasing, often bordering on cruelty, the flamboyant contrasts and the violent disagreements hid a powerful affection, subtle likenesses in character, and a powerful, underlying unity.

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Praise for The House of Mitford

  • '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

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