The Six

The Six

The Lives of the Mitford Sisters

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"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 in the early years of the 20th century, 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 symbolize the political polarities of a dangerous decade. The intertwined stories of their stylish and scandalous lives--recounted in masterly fashion by Laura Thompson--hold up a revelatory mirror to upper-class English life before and after WWII."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250099532
1250099536
Branch Call Number: B Mitford Thompson 2016
Characteristics: 388 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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TheresaAJ
Apr 17, 2017

Thompson explores the lives and relationships of the six Mitford sisters, upper-class English women who were the "Kardashians of the 1930s and 1940s". As the book jacket says, "The eldest was a razor-sharp novelist of upper class manners; the second was loved by British poet laureate John Betjeman; the third was a Fascist who married Oswald Mosley, founder of the British Union of Fascists; 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 the Duchess of Devonshire." As the book details, many of the actions, reactions, and just plain old nastiness were defined and determined by the relationships between the six sisters as well as each one's relationships with their parents. As I worked my way through their lives (the last one died in 2014), I couldn't help but remember one of my father's favorite proverbs -- Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.

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tuesdayfrog
Mar 01, 2017

A truly gushing account. Gets bogged down in too much minor detail and name-dropping.'
Somehow tries to make the Nazi involvement of several of the sisters a bit of a lark.
Great read for aficionados of the Mitfords but too much information for a casual read.

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