Take Six Girls: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters (Paperback)
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Take Six Girls: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters (Paperback)

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Published: 11/08/2016
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'Wonderfully readable... Emphasises their sheer extraordinariness and celebrates them' MAIL ON SUNDAY.
The eldest was a razor-sharp novelist of upper-class manners; the second was loved by John Betjeman; the third was a fascist who married Oswald Mosley; the fourth idolized Hitler and shot herself in the head when Britain declared war on Germany; the fifth was a member of the American Communist Party; the sixth became Duchess of Devonshire.

They were the Mitford sisters: Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica and Deborah. Born into country-house privilege, they became prominent as 'bright young things' in the high society of interwar London. Then, as the shadows crept over 1930s Europe, the stark – and very public – differences in their outlooks came to symbolise the political polarities of a dangerous decade.

The intertwined stories of their lives – recounted in masterly fashion by Laura Thompson – hold up a revelatory mirror to upper-class English life before and after World War II.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781784970895
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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I was enthralled and charmed by this group biography of all six Mitford sisters, which tells the intertwined stories of their stylish scandalous lives in a fresh and admirably concise way – and with a striking contemporary sensibility too - Bookseller, Editors Choice

Engaging... Thompson's is an astute, highly readable and well assembled book, and she writes with particular intelligence about the sisters' self-mythologising and their ongoing hold on the public imagination' - The Observer

Thompson is marvellous at mapping and explicating the webs or skeins of sibling rivalry [in this] gripping and appalling family saga - The Times

The first book to consider "the whole six-pack" in the post-Mitford age. And what a remarkable story it is... Thompson retells the story with great style and illuminating detail' - The Independent

Thompson has written this book with generosity and delicacy. It is amusing, poignant and perceptive as a portrait of the sisters' long lives and changing times, and of their own apparent inability to change with them - Book Oxygen

A breezy vigorous argument for the sisters' powerful, unrepeatable significance... Thompson combines a subtle understanding of history with enjoyably crisp, tart insights: this is an excellent place either to begin with the Mitfords or proceed with them' - Mail on Sunday

I was captivated by this group biography, which tells the story of the Mitfords' sensational lives in a fresh and concise way - Sunday Express

A wonderful telling of an extraordinary family living in extraordinary times - Yorkshire Gazette & Herald

This is a careful, realistic assessment of their virtues, follies and charm - Daily Mail.

Not the first-ever book about the Mitford sisters - but it might well be the best of the lot' - Reader's Digest.

Thompson's wonderfully readable biography emphasises their sheer extraordinariness and celebrates them - The Mail on Sunday

This book builds rich individual portraits, especially of the unfathomable Diana - TLS

Gives a great insight into the relationship between the sisters as their lives unfold - Irish Independent

It's brilliant on the most fascinating and least explored sister, Diana... A wonderful book' - Mail on Sunday

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