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4.0 out of 5 stars Shines a new light on the Romilly brothers, 16 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Jessica Mitford: Churchill's Rebel (Kindle Edition)
I was very interested to read Meredith Whitford's book, most particularly because it embraces the lives of both Romilly brothers. They would be extraordinary in any era, but in the one they lived in, what comes across most strongly is their passion and commitment to what they believed to be right, and their bravery and ingenuity.

It is very sad that both lives were cut short. The author does shine a great light on them, and I'm very pleased to have read this part of the author's undeniably good research.

I'm only not giving it five stars for three reasons.

a) There are several typos
b) I disagree that 'The House of Mitford' was written from a right-wing perspective. The authors were fairly even-handed with the source material they had, and it was Jessica Mitford's own choice not to 'have her say' in that book about her life, and Esmond's. They asked her, she refused. This was perverse behaviour on her part, when she famously insisted on 'having her say' in Julian Jebb's documentary about Nancy Mitford.
c) I feel it is both a tad rude and rather sour of the author to refer to Mary S Lovell as 'Lovell', presumably from envy of the access to the Mitford archive that Ms Lovell got, and the author was denied. And yet she uses a great deal that was in Mary S Lovell's book....

That said, a book to add to anyone's Mitford collection - if only the author could have had her manuscript properly proof-read!
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