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A Saga of Six Sisters

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Six sisters! What fun!!  And inevitably - what drama!!  In The Sisters: the Saga of the Mitford Family, we meet a dazzling cast of characters - six vibrant Mitford sisters, each with her own unique style and interests, each passionately alive.

The Mitfords had style and presence, and were extremely gifted.  But despite their priviledged background, their lives reflected the conflicts and issues of the times in which they  lived.  Consequently, this family biography becomes a vivid social history, and the sisters' entanglement in the contemporary issues and ideologies of the twentieth century almost reads like a novel.   

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, and mistress of the great Chatsworth estate; 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; Pamela, the domestic one, quietly reveled in life in the country, eventually becoming a poultry expert!  .

You will find in this wise, evenhanded and engrossing book that author Mary Lovell has captured the vitality and drama of a fascinating family that took the twentieth century by storm and became, in some respects, its victims.