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Take Six Girls
08 Aug 2019 * HARDBACK * £30 * 9781789542646

A reissue of Laura Thompson's Take Six Girls, illustrated with beautiful and timeless photographs of the Mitford sisters.

Non Fiction / BGH (Biography)
Extent: 400 pages  Format: 234 x 156 mm Illus: 80 integrated colour
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Take Six Girls: The Lives of the Mitford SistersIllustrated EditionLaura Thompson

Writer, countrywoman, Fascist, Nazi, Communist, duchess.

Born in that order, they were the Mitford sisters: Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica and Deborah.

The eldest was a razor-sharp novelist of upper-class manners; the second was loved by John Betjeman; the third was a fascist who married Oswald Mosley; 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.

Born into country-house privilege, they became prominent as 'bright young things' in the high society of interwar London. Then, as the shadows crept over 1930s Europe, the stark – and very public – differences in their outlooks came to symbolise the political polarities of a dangerous decade.

The intertwined stories of their lives is recounted in masterly fashion by Laura Thompson, who holds up a revelatory mirror to upper-class English life before and after World War II. This special illustrated edition is enhanced by beautiful photographs of the sisters and the glamorous yet changing society in which they lived.

Laura Thompson is the author of several critically acclaimed works of non-fiction. Her first book The Dogs: A Personal History of Greyhound Racing won the Somerset Maugham Award. Rex V. Edith Thompson: A Tale of Two Murders was shortlisted for a CWA Dagger Award. She has written biographies of Nancy Mitford and Agatha Christie, A Different Class of Murder about the Lord Lucan scandal, The Last Landlady about her grandmother, and the New York Times-bestselling Take Six Girls: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters.

A page-turning joint biography of an endlessly fascinating family.

Illustrated gift book for lovers of the Mitfords and 1920s/30s England, where social history meets high society gossip.

Award winning author who writes with real style and is on the festival circuit.

MARKET: Claire Tomalin; Adrian Tinniswood; Sarah Bradford.


'onderfully readable ... Emphasises their sheer extraordinariness and celebrates them' Mail on Sunday

'I was enthralled and charmed by this biography which tells of their stylish and scandalous lives in a fresh way' Bookseller

'An asute highly readable and well-assembled book ... She writes with particular intelligence' Observer

'Thompson is marvellous at mapping and explicating the webs or skeins of sibling rivalry [in this] gripping and appalling family saga' The Times

'Thompson retells the story with great style and illuminating detail' Independent

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