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on 10 August 2017
Fascinating autobiography by a complex, intelligent woman. Someone you'd definitely would have wanted on your side in a crisis. Even though her loyalties were often sadly misplaced.
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on 21 June 2015
Really interesting book
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on 21 April 2016
Fascinating to read the Mosley side of the story of the British Fascist movement and their involvement with the leading political and social figures of the age.
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on 8 June 2016
Clear, racy. A good read
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on 1 February 2003
I bought this book out of curiosity, wondering how the author would attempt to reconcile herself to her rather dubious past, I quickly discovered that she was to make no such attempt whatsoever. She happily relates attendance at Nazi rallies and cosy fireside chats with Hitler, presenting Fascism as a perfectly respectable political opinion, the violence at Moseley's rallies described as being caused entirely by communist agitators.
She comes across as frightfully upper class, and gives lavish descriptions of the interior decor of every house she ever lived in - the phrase "Louis XVI furniture" occurs with astonishing regularity! This is in sharp contrast to her imprisonment - for three years, without any trial or judgement -in the atmospherically described dark and squalid Holloway.
The book is made fascinating, not only by the writer's unashamedly outrageous opinions, but also by the intriguing cast of characters that pass through it: her sister Unity, a stronger Fascist than Diana, who attempted suicide when England declared war on Germany, then spent the rest of her short life searching, it seems in vain, for spiritual truth - Winston Churchill, described throughout as "Cousin Winston" - Evelyn Waugh, who dedicates a book to her - Magda Goebbels, whom Diana states did the right thing by killing herself and her children - and, of course, Mosley himself, referred to throughout by Diana as simply "M", and who remains, through to the last page, strangely enigmatic.
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on 7 May 2002
Lady Mosley - aristocrat, beauty, wit, friend of Hitler and undiluted fascist: a mix that still captivates and fascinates many sixty two years after she was imprisoned with her husband, the Britsh Union of Fascists leader, Sir Oswald, in 1940. This book shows her to be more than an echo of another era. She is still remarkably unrepentant and whatever one thinks about her extraordinary politcs (''such a pity that the jews didn't all go to Madagscar or somewhere,'' she tell us breezily) Diana Mosley remains a strangely compelling figure. Plainly such extremism, one could argue, is at least refreshingly honest, although it must be added, more than a little chilling too.
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on 2 July 2016
For anyone with a love of 20th century history, this is a thoroughly enjoyable read even if one doesn't agree with the politics.
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on 15 July 2016
I prefer not to write reviews. Star ratings speak for themselves.
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on 14 June 2017
Diana Mosley (née Mitford) was born into a life of privilege. The people she knew throughout her life reads like a copy of Who's Who - Winston Churchill was her cousin. Married at 18 to Bryan Guinness ( heir to the brewery fortune) and with two lovely sons and a beautiful home she was seemingly happy. Then she met Oswald Mosley and embraced both the man and the Fascist cause. She divorced her husband and married Mosley. In the 1930's divorcees were shunned, but it is a testament to Diana' s beauty and charm that her family and friends all came round and accepted the situation n the end.

As a friend of Hitler and Goebbel she and Mosley were interned for four years during WW2. Diana was sent to Holloway prison and endured disgusting conditions. Whether or not she should have been put in prison is a moot point. In spite of her political beliefs she come across as a kind and charming person, fond of children and animals and very loyal to her family and friends, though out of touch with the lives of the less privileged.

There are numerous phrases in French and German quoted in this book, so be prepared to look up translations if necessary.
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on 23 August 2017
This is seriously interesting and if you are studying the period between 1933 and 1945, this will add a dimension to your research. Diana Mosley, born Diana Mitford and one of the famous six Mitford sisters was an active socialite in that period as well as before and after. She married Sir Oswald Mosley and was imprisoned in Holloway jail during W.W.2 for that reason, he was also jailed. She spent much time in Germany with her sister Unity Mitford prior to the outbreak of war in 1939 and mixed in high circles there, as a result she is able to put her own spin on events and disagree with the public perception and media portrayals of various personalities of the period; it is interesting to read another perspective and then make one's own mind up. A really interesting piece of history, becoming hard to obtain in print form.
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