The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family Paperback – 20 May 2003
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"The Mitford girls were probably the most spectacular sister act of the twentieth century."
"A rivetingly intimate history lesson....Lovell evokes a fascinating swirl of hunting parties, inherited castles, plane crashes, love affairs, suicide attempts and two world wars."
"In her history of England's Mitford sisters, who were major figurs in the internaitonal political, literary and social scenes for much of the twentieth century. Lovell rises with aplomb to the challenges of a group biography, deftly weaving together the narrative threads of six at times radically disparate lives to create a fascinatign account of a fascinating family."
A captivating read. --Amy Strong"
A dazzling cast of characters.... A rivetingly intimate history lesson.--Anneli Rufus
Vivid social history that reads like a novel.... An impressive group biography.--Malinda Nash
These women were so powerfully, inescapably, passionately alive.... The book remains engrossing from beginning to end.--John Powers
Lovell deftly weaves together the various strands of her subjects' lives, making great use of letters, interviews and unpublished correspondence, as well as interviews with the two surviving Mitford sisters, Diana and Deborah.--Matthew Price
This biography presents a fascinating family to a new generation of readers.--Lisa Levy
Lovell rises with aplomb to the challenges of a group biography, deftly weaving together the narrative threads of six at times radically disparate lives to create a fascinating account of a fascinating family.
A captivating read.--Amy Strong
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
About the Author
Mary S. Lovell's best-selling biographies include Straight on Till Morning (Beryl Markham) and The Sisters (the Mitford family). She lives in England.
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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.Read more ›
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.