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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (20 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393324141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393324143
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 0.4 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary S. Lovell was an accountant and company director until she began writing in 1980 following a serious riding accident which left her temporarily disabled. Now an internationally acclaimed biographer, she has written best selling biographies of Beryl Markham, Amelia Earhart, Cynthia Pack, Jane Digby, Sir Richard and Isabel Burton, the Mitford sisters and Bess of Hardwick. Her latest biography is a family saga of the Churchills. Her books have been translated into foreign language editions, in French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Danish and Finnish. Her biography of Amelia Earhart was made into a movie starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere in 2010, and she has four further titles optioned for film treatments. Until 2011 she led reader groups interested in Jane Digby around Syria every year, to follow in the exciting footsteps of this favourite subject of hers. She has recently completed promotional tours in the USA and UK, and is now working on the final chapters of 'the Riviera Set'.

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The Mitfords' stories have been told over and over again, but.... Lovell, utilizing previously unseen documents, explores the relationships between the sisters... and presents the utter 'fun' of this privileged but madcap family. --Allen Weakland"

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By LettyBIRD on 7 May 2007
Format: Paperback
I don't like biographies; but I absolutely adored this book, it covers a huge subject - the lives of 6 remarkable women spanning much of the 20th Century. Mary Lovell has researched their lives and manages to convey the story wonderfully. Obviously because of the constraints of how large a book can actually be there maybe more detailed, individual biographies out there but I think this is a great place to start - it certainly has set me on the path to finding out as much as I can about these women who lived such glorious lives right at the forefront of history.

To give you a little taster there is:

Nancy - the famous author, in love with an aloof Frenchman.

Diana - the glamorous beauty who left her husband for the head of the British Nazi party (Oswald Moseley) and spent much of the second world war sleeping under a fur coat in a dank prison cell.

Decca - who ran off to fight on the communist side in the Spanish Civil & later became a prominent member of the Black civil rights movement in America.

Unity who fell in love with Hitler and tried to kill herself on the day war was declared between Britain and Germany. Hitler himself organised her return to Britain.

Debo - who declared when she was 6 that she wanted to be a Duchess and is the current dowager Duchess of Devonshire.

Pam - the farmer, my only complaint about this otherwise wonderful book is that Pam really gets very little coverage.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Luiza on 4 Mar 2006
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If you've read "Hons and Rebels" first and then, curious about what happened next, pick up this tome, you're in for a nasty fall. Obviously, not everyone can be a Decca in wit and style but Lovell's book is, to quote Decca once more, "'Woman's Own' writing". On the upside, it's meticulously researched and draws on a wealth of previously inaccessible material, most of all private letters. So if you're simply interested in the facts about the entire family, this is, unfortunately, the only place to go. But the bland style and moralistic tut-tutting about Decca (hardly ever about Diana, the unrepentent Nazi) is annoying to say the least. I couldn't agree more with the other reviewers who pointed out that Lovell is clearly biased towards Diana and against Decca. The whole book is, inadvertently, an example of what Decca in "Hons and Rebel" calls "disapproving auntism". Lovell is a disapproving auntie and that shines through on every page.
Four stars for the research job but one, at most, for the judgmental author who doesn't begin to be a match to her fascinating subjects.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By G K Kinsky on 22 Sep 2007
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Like reading the Daily Mail Sunday Magazine the very opposite of Mitford esque (light sharp and witty)writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Davies on 17 Nov 2010
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An excellent read and quite well written. Exhaustive research has been carried out and the book is a sympathetic and amusing account of the life of the Mitford family
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Interesting book on this amazing family. Thoroughly enjoyed hearing all about their varied lives,.Their attributes, and the people they knew.
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Very informative information, I am very interested in this period and the Mitford sisters have contact with most important people in there time.
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