The Sisters by Mary S. Lovell
The Saga of the Mitford Family

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"Fascinating, the way all great family stories are fascinating."—Robert Gottlieb, New York Times Book Review


This is the story of a close, loving family splintered by the violent ideologies of Europe between the world wars. Jessica was a Communist; Debo became the Duchess of Devonshire; Nancy was one of the best-selling novelists of her day; beautiful Diana married the Fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley; and Unity, a close friend of Hitler, shot herself in the head when England and Germany declared war.



The Mitfords had style and presence and were mercilessly gifted. Above all, they were funny—hilariously and mercilessly so. In this wise, evenhanded, and generous book, Mary Lovell captures the vitality and drama of a family that took the twentieth century by storm and became, in some respects, its victims.
 

About Mary S. Lovell

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Mary S. Lovell's best-selling biographies include Straight on Till Morning (Beryl Markham) and The Sisters (the Mitford family). She lives in England.
 
Published June 13, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 640 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Travel. Non-fiction

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In prose so light that sentences nearly float up from the page, Lovell (A Rage to Live, 1998, etc.) chases the Mitford sisters (Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica, and Deborah) hither and yon, from mansion to prison, from Hitler’s hideaway to the top of the bestseller lists.

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In her history of England's Mitford sisters, who were major figures in the international political, literary and social scenes for much of the 20th century, Lovell (The

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Lovell seems reluctant to offend Diana and Debo Mitford, the sisters who cooperated in the writing of this book, and she tends to take their side in family debates, consistently portraying their sister Decca, the Communist, as the disloyal renegade, while romanticizing Diana's relationship with M...

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Four Sisters of Hofei by Annping Chin 310pp, Bloomsbury, £16.99 Sounds of the River by Da Chen 307pp, Heinemann, £14.99 The success of Wild Swans at the start of the 1990s turned the Chinese memoir into a genre sensation, beloved of publishers and readers alike.

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and when both Nancy (Love in a Cold Climate) and Jessica (The American Way of Death) became acclaimed, bestselling authors, the world responded with avid, insatiable and at times alarmingly intrusive curiosity.

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The pacifist fear of conflict – the blossoming love affair with fascism – the growing power of Communism – Each sister represents one of these trends.

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Berners was one of the few friends who accepted Diana’s decision to divorce Bryan without critical comment, and Diana valued him because he was clever, witty, and made her laugh – a quality that was especially welcome at that time – but also because he was her mentor: she once said that her relat...

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