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Informative and enjoyable
on 8 November 2013
I will admit that after reading the reviews on this book on Amazon I was a little apprehensive about how I would find the book and if it would grate on me or not. After reading the preface I did think that it was a bit too crawly to Diana so I thought it might grind on me the whole way through.
However I ended up really enjoying this book and I appreciate all of the work that has gone into it. I think the author has researched well and has done a good job overall. I do not necessarily agree with some of her views about Diana and Unity - I do feel that she was trying to keep on the good side of Diana seeing as she was still alive when the book was released but in the end, I didn't find it over bearing.
I read the book in less than a week and very much wanted to know what the next bit would be - however controversial the Mitford sisters were no one can deny they are an utterly fascinating set of people to read about.
I do find the line of "Upper class poverty" positively laughable however, these people who live in large houses with acres of land and servants at their disposal would not know difficulty or a hard way of living if it hit them in the face, nor would they have the stomach to live it - so I am afraid that their constant cry of "Oh we're really rather poor" does not evoke any sympathy from me!
The book deals with each sister as everything happened during her life, there was not much said about Pamela but I think she was the most quiet one of the sisters so maybe there was not much of a story to be told. Diana, Jessica and Unity seem to get the most focus, which I guess is predictable due to them each being involved where they were.
This book is a good precursor to The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters which I shall be starting next.
The Mitford Girls is a very good, interesting and informative read, Mary S Lovell has done an excellent job on her research and writing. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the Mitfords.