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Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford The Biography
29 Jan 2015 * EBOOK * £6.99 * 9781784082635

A much-praised biography of the most brilliant of the Mitford sisters, who dazzled and scandalized interwar high society with their wit and sometimes controversial lifestyles.

Non Fiction / BGL (Biography)
Extent: 432 pages
Illustrations: 16pp b&w illus
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Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford The BiographyGreat LivesLaura Thompson

Nancy Mitford was, in the words of her sister Lady Diana Mosley, 'very, very complex'. Her highly autobiographical early work, the biographies and novels of her more mature French period, her journalism, and the vast body of letters to her family, friends such as Evelyn Waugh, and to the great love of her life, Gaston Palewski, all tell an intriguing story.

Drawing from these, as well as conversations with Mitford's two surviving sisters, acquaintances and colleagues, prize-winning author Laura Thompson has fashioned a portrait of a contradictory and courageous woman.

Approaching her subject with wit, perspicacity and huge affection, Thompson makes her serious points lightly, eschewing clichés about the eccentricities of the Mitford clan. Life in a Cold Climate is full of the sound of Mitfordian laughter; but tells also the often paradoxical and complex story beneath the smiling and ever elegant façade.

Laura Thompson is the award-winning author of Life in a Cold Climate: A Biography of Nancy Mitford, A Different Class of Murder: the Story of Lord Lucan, and Rex v. Edith Thompson: A Tale of Two Murders.

'The book is a gem: fresh, intelligent and assured', Sunday Times

'This refreshing edition allows us to enjoy again a shrewdly argued, thoroughly engrossing, life affirming tribute to the lady [Nancy Mitford]. We can rediscover for ourselves that distinctive and timeless joie de vivre', The Glasgow Herald

'A brilliant study, original, perceptive, passionate', Selina Hastings.

'Well-nigh perfect', Diana Mosley, Literary Review

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