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Life in a Cold Climate
Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford - The Biography Laura Thompson

Nancy Mitford was, in the words of her sister Lady Diana Mosley, 'very, very complex'. Her biographies and novels, 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 and colleagues, prize-winning author Laura Thompson has fashioned a portrait of a contradictory and courageous woman.

Thompson approaches her subject with wit, perspicacity and affection, while 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.

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Biography
01 Oct 2020 * 432pp * £12.00 * 9781789542660
REVIEWS
'The book is a gem: fresh, intelligent and assured'
Sunday Times
'A brilliant study, original, perceptive, passionate'
Selina Hastings.
'Well-nigh perfect'
Diana Mosley, Literary Review
'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'
Glasgow Herald
Author
Laura Thompson
Laura Thompson
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.
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