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The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters by Laura Thompson

The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters by Laura Thompson

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The Six:  The Lives of the Mitford Sisters by Laura Thompson is a 385-page hardcover published in 2016 by St. Martin's Press and is a stated first edition.  The condition is very good.

Book Summary

Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica, and Deborah.  Born into privilege, the Mitford sisters were the "bright young things" of high society London in the '20s and '30s.  But as the shadow of Fascism crept over Europe at the onset of World War II, the start--and very public--differences in their outlooks would reflect the political extremes of a dangerous era.

The eldest was a razor-sharp novelist of upper-class manners; the second was loved by British poet laureate John Betjeman; the third was a fascist who married Oswald Moseley, founder of the British Union of Fascists; the fourth idolized Hitler and shot herself in the head when Britain declared war on Germany; the fifth was a member of the American Communist Party; the sixth became Duchess of Devonshire.

The intertwined stories of their stylish and scandalous lives--recounted in masterly fashion by Laura Thompson--hold up a revelatory mirror to upper-class English life before and after World War II. 

ISBN:  978-1-250-09953-2

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