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review 2016-08-11 00:00
The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters
The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters - Laura Thompson I did not complete this book and will not be reviewing it.
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url 2014-08-07 22:38
Unity Valkyrie Mitford turns 100
The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family - Mary S. Lovell
The Mitfords: Letters between Six Sisters - Charlotte Mosley

Unity Mitford proudly displays a swastika badge Photo: Getty


Hitler's party girl: the strange, shameful life of Unity Mitford

She lived to shock. And then she found fascism
Here's another WWI anniversary for those among us who can't get enough of the Mitford sisters. Unity's 100th birthday is tomorrow, 9 August 2014 and is marked by a fascinating article in The Spectator. 
Source: jaylia3.booklikes.com/post/949519/unity-valkyrie-mitford-turns-100
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text 2013-07-02 17:38
The Pursuit of Love


   "Louisa said to me, her eyes as big as saucers: 'He rushes into her  room before tea and lives with her.' Louisa always describes the act of love as living with. 'Before tea, Fanny, can you imagine it?'"

I have meant to read The Pursuit of Love for so very long. Ever since I read The Mitford Girls by Mary S. Lovell which kept me hooked on the antics of Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Decca and Debo for the entirety of the Christmas break. The whole family, quite frankly, rock my socks.  I'm still toying with the idea of writing my dissertation on the novels of Nancy Mitfordand Jane Austen, but we will see. I am glad to report that this novel was entirely heavenly. Uncle Matthew (thinly masquerading as Mitford's father Lord Redesdale) is a joy: 'This violent, uncontrolled man, like his children, knew no middle course, he either loved or he hated, and generally, it must be said, he hated.' Probably my favourite character in the book to be honest. Although I am glad that I only met this particular tyrant in the pages of a book; I fear I would have been denounced as a 'sewer' and roundly loathed. The sanity of the narrator, Fanny, perfectly acts as a conduit for the madness of the Radlett family and our heroine Linda. Being a terribly awkward being myself, I could not help but marvel at the carefree, self-assured confidence of Linda. Unfortunately I felt the ending was a little rushed. Or perhaps I was more disappointed with the unexpectedly sad conclusion from an otherwise sparkling read. Certainly more bittter-sweet than I had anticipated, but no less enjoyable. 
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review 2012-07-18 00:00
The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family - Mary S. Lovell As a biography of the Mitfords, this is quite well done. If you're not interested in the Mitfords or England between the wars, then it's a lot of privilege and name dropping and bon mots and Nazis (or Fascists) versus Communists.

I find the Mitfords fascinating, so I quite enjoyed the book. It's always interesting to read a biography of people who have been written about by other biographers. There's often an element of 'so-and-so wrote this, but it's obviously incorrect based on....'

One of the things that surprised me most was that I liked Decca less after reading this. She did important and interesting writing, and worked hard on behalf of her causes, but strikes me as a bit mean. I didn't expect that.
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review 2007-01-01 00:00
The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family - Mary S. Lovell Fascinating. You can really see how much of her and her sisters' lives went into Nancy Mitford's novels.
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