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The Mitford Girls: The Biography of an Extraordinary Family Paperback – July 18, 2002
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Some of the girls were authors themselves, mainly Nancy Mitford, and their family background helped to set the scenes for their fiction.
The upper classes in England were frequently Fascist sympathisers prior to the Second World War, because they felt that the only alternative being presented was Communism, which had of course done away with the upper class in Russia, or extreme Republicanism, which had done away with the upper class in France. So it is not that surprising that as in the novel The Remains Of The Day, the people in this book were keen to meet the rising Fascists in Europe.
Mosley in Britain and Hitler were generally described as magnetic characters and gifted speakers. Having seen or met them some people fell under their spell. But we do have to wonder whether the Mitfords found it quite so necessary to go out of their way to meet them. They were not a very well-off family, for all they had staff and travelled a lot; there was also unemployment in Britain and they may have been trying to advance their social status in this way.
The book is scrupulously careful to keep saying that at the time, the full horrors were not known, which is true, but the constant repetition in the face of one sister having read an account of events in Germany and trying to convince the others that matters were dire, seems odd. If nobody believed her or even listened, it is because they did not wish to listen.
The photos are very interesting - not only are the ladies shown with family but with some of the movers and shakers of the time, including the Fascists.Read more ›
I truley enjoy bios, as well as suspense & mysteries. Have ordered book about the Langhorne sisters to read next.
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Truth, in this case, is stranger than fiction. I loved every moment of this autobiography. I wished it was longer and I'm keen to read more about this fascinating family!Published 9 months ago by Kirsty Millar
Mary Lovell writes her biographies in such a way I tend to get lost in the lives of the subjects, the Mitford Sisters is a very good read and I recommend her to anyone that likes... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Deboah Laurent
Comprehensive chronicle of the family and their infamous exploits. Well researched and documented.Published 12 months ago by Joan Bozzone
Like a history lesson wrapped in a trashy novel. Easy to read but covers so much of the 20th century. Have passed this book around a couple of friends and we all love it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Could hardly put it down. All the characters seem to come to life before our eyes.
Very well written and most fascinating
Yes did enjoy this book,as I have been to the Mitford girls graves in England and it made everything about each girl that much clearerPublished 18 months ago by hadlee
I had very little knowledge of the Mitfords before I read the book,I enjoyed the book,there was a lot of good research done. Read morePublished 24 months ago by mary