- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: The History Press; First Edition edition (1 Sept. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 075247121X
- ISBN-13: 978-0752471211
- Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 434,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Other Mitford: Pamela's Story Hardcover – 1 Sep 2012
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About the Author
Diana Alexander spent most of her working life in local journalism. She spent 12 years working as a cleaning lady for Pamela Jackson, getting to know both her and her family very well.
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The book is nicely produced and reasonably well written, although the content is very weak. I have to say that the constant 'Jessica-bashing' got on my nerves and is, in my opinion, unjust. In addition, there is a fair amount of repetition, which I found irritating.
During the course of the book, Diana Alexander mentions the 'Mitford Industry' a couple of times. Many people, myself included, have a genuine interest in this fascinating family and because of this, any book with 'Mitford' in the title is bound to sell regardless of its quality. 'The Other Mitford - Pamela's Story' is yet another example of someone with an average writing ability jumping on to the Mitford Bandwagon. There is definitely room for a definitive biography of Pamela Jackson; sadly, this isn't it. Very, very disappointing.
I should not have held my breath waiting for this one. What a waste of time! It is so poorly written, badly organized, repetitive, and borderline plagerized. The same anecdotes are told over and over again; chronology is just all over the place, and many facts are just plain wrong. For example, when Ms. Alexander describes a visit in 1949 that the Jacksons made to the Romillys in the US, (p. 147), she writes, "they called in on Jessica and Esmond, who by this time were living in Greenwich." There is a big difference, a huge difference, a world of difference between Greenwich (one of the richest towns along the Connecticut "Gold Coast") and Greenwich Village, which is where the Romillys actually lived. There is no excuse for this kind of sloppiness.
There is no attempt at insight, or analysis, or informed understanding of Pamela's life...and I am sure there are other adjectives besides "gentle" that could have been used to describe her.
I will say that there are two photos of the family I had not seen before, and for this, I am grateful.
But... it has to be said that she wasn't really very interesting to anyone who didn't know her. Nor was she any sort of saint. In fact, the things people tend to remember about her, and the incidents rehashed in this book, make her sound rather unpleasant -- grasping when it came to money, hard on the Mosley children who lived with her during the war, ready to accuse a sister of theft (the famous to-do when Deborah and Pam tacitly supported Unity's Nazism by accusing Jessica of stealing a family scrapbook as material for David Pryce-Jones's book about Unity; the scrapbook was discovered where it'd always been, and only Deborah apologised, decades later.)
Alexander knew and liked the modest, pleasant Pam, and has probably done her best to write an interesting biography of her, but she lacks the ability to convey what made Pam likeable. Also,she had little material to work with; the book is more a memoir than a thoroughly researched biography.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, such interesting content, touching on the lives of this fascinating family.
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Although one might think this book had some value from being written by someone who knew Pamela Mitford for some years, in fact it is very poorly written (especially in being... Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2014 by Stephen Bishop
There have been many books, mostly by academics with little else to do, about the Mitfords. This book has been written by a person who actually knew this lesser known sister. Read morePublished on 4 July 2013 by J Pocock
Bought this for my mother on Mothers' Day and she was very pleased indeed. It arrived in plenty of time, was very well packaged and is a lovely book to add to her other Mitford... Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2013 by cherry
love the Mitford family books have read most of them now .Find them a fasinating family The book was very enjoyable and well written. Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2013 by M A Davis
This was not really about Pam but a resume of all the sisters. There was a lot of repetition, and I didn't learn very much new.Published on 1 Dec. 2012 by Mrs M C Elwood
I've really enjoyed reading this book and if the author's motive was to create an impression of a kind and interesting woman (no Mitford pun intended) then I would say she... Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2012 by Lorna Gray
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