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.