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The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family
The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family | Mary S. Lovell
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"Fascinating, the way all great family stories are fascinating."—Robert Gottlieb, New York Times Book Review 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; 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. The Mitfords had style and presence and were mercilessly gifted. Above all, they were funny—hilariously and mercilessly so. In this wise, evenhanded, and generous book, Mary Lovell captures the vitality and drama of a family that took the twentieth century by storm and became, in some respects, its victims.
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LeahBergen ENDLESSLY fascinating! 😍😍 3w
Cinfhen Nice @LeahBergen @merelybookish 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
merelybookish @LeahBergen Indeed! Do you have a favorite Mitford girl? 3w
rohit-sawant Oo, sounds interesting! 3w
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vivastory Great choice. This sounds fascinating! 1mo
LeslieO I loved this one! 1mo
Cinfhen Great pick!! Still on my #OneDay list #SoManyBooksSoLittleTime 1mo
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LeahBergen Yes! 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Mdargusch Love those sisters! 1mo
Reviewsbylola Loved this book! I hadn‘t heard of the Mitfords before I read it. It sparked my fascination with them. 1mo
Reviewsbylola Ain‘t that the truth! 😭😭 @Cinfhen 1mo
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Ok, technically it‘s from England to Berlin, but the sentiment is the same imo. 😂 Unity Mitford was one of the iconic Mitford sisters, well known socialites that included authors Nancy and Jessica Mitford.

Unity became part of Hitler‘s inner circle during WWII and was a staunch and steadfast supporter of the Nazi party. She eventually put a bullet in her head and was never able to recover. She died at 33.


erzascarletbookgasm Fascinating! 8mo
Cinfhen I agree ☝🏾 @erzascarletbookgasm 8mo
Mdargusch ❤️Mitfords❤️ 8mo
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LeahBergen Love those Mitfords! ❤️ 8mo
Kalalalatja Oh, wow, that‘s really interesting! 8mo
emilyhaldi Such a fascinating family 🤯 8mo
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Unity was the Mitford sister who was a close friend of Hitler‘s. 😳


batsy Oh dear, Unity :( A fascinating family... I must read this! 1y
Cinfhen I agree @batsy what a fascinating family! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds like a fascinating read. 1y
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Lcsmcat Interesting. I wonder if my library has this. 1y
Foragingfantasy I'm pretty sure I have this one somewhere... 1y
Moonpa Good read! 1y
Mdargusch I liked this book. It was my first foray into the lives of the Mitford sisters. 1y
rubyslippersreads Great choice! I need to read this one. 1y
DeborahSmall Truly fascinating, need to read about them. Know very little about them 😘 1y
Centique Oh man, great minds think alike! I thought of Unity Mitford too 😂 Thinking cap back on now! 1y
LeahBergen @Centique Oops! 😂 1y
Reviewsbylola This book got me hooked on the Mitfords!! 1y
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Another book languishing unread in my kitchen cabinets. #saga #jubilantjuly

emilyhaldi Dying to read this! 2y
rubyslippersreads Mine too! 😏 2y
Dragon I enjoyed this one, I love books about The Mitfords 😀 2y
4thhouseontheleft It's been a while, but I loved this book! 2y
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#siblings #aprilbookshowers

How fortunate I am to have visited Chatsworth several times, the beautiful home of Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire (nee Mitford).

Laura317 Sounds good! I love books like these. I suppose I have a thing for the gentry. 2y
AlaMich They were quite the interesting family, no? 😳 2y
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Six sisters and one brother - crazy bunch of #siblings
Interesting personalities, extraordinary stories and very diverse life paths.


LeahBergen I ❤ those Mitfords. 2y
Simona @LeahBergen Very unusual and interesting family❣️ 2y
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A book about any one of the Mitford sisters would be rich territory for #womenshistoryreads -- THE SISTERS, which covers all six, is even richer. Writers and revolutionaries and so much more, this British clan makes a fascinating study in what draws families together & what tears them apart. #womenwriters #bookstagram #herstory #maryslovell #mitfordsisters #womenshistorymonth

DivineDiana I have this book! You have encouraged me to move it up on my TBR list! 2y
LeahBergen Love the Mitfords. 2y
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The Mitford sisters are as diverse as can be. Lovell does a great job of portraying each sister with their flaws, successes, and differences. It's an intriguing family and story.

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A fascinating family with a unique story that covers decades, wars, and all manner of life.

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Nicky is shocked, shocked by the behavior of the Mitford sisters in #somethingborrowed from a friend much too long ago. I need to move this up my TBR list. #booktober #octphotochallenge #day7 #catsoflitsy #kittenlitten

LauraBeth Gorgeous pic 😻😻 3y
britt_brooke Cool photo! 📷😻 3y
MrBook 😻😻😻 3y
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Dragon Fun photo and I enjoyed the book 📚 3y
Bookzombie Cool pic! 3y
Simona They have been my #girlcrush 3y
rubyslippersreads @Dragon @Simona sounds like I'll enjoy it. Another book about them just came out. 3y
Bette Beautiful 😍🐱 3y
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My significant otter (pictured reading, next to the cooler and my soon to be filled reading chair) went to Cornell for undergrad and introduced me to the beauty of the finger lakes region. In 2008, we rented a house on Cayuga Lake and I packed a bunch of library books. I recall this title in particular because it's a thoroughly researched and wonderfully written account of these women. #somethingforsept

MMenefee Also, this was likely the last time I read outdoors. I'm the indoorsy type due to bugs, heat, allergies, sun, wind ... 3y
Claireluana I am now charmed by the idea of having a 'significant otter' (though I know that's probably not what you meant!) 😆 3y
rachelm Ditto to loving sig otter! 3y
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MMenefee @Claireluana That's what I meant. That's what I call him.😉 3y
RealLifeReading 😍😍 3y
Zelma Great picture and gorgeous view! 3y
Reviewsbylola This book started my love affair with the Mitford sisters. 3y
MMenefee @Reviewsbylola I love Nancy's books I've read: Love in a Cold Climate and The Pursuit of Live. 3y
LeahBergen I love those crazy Mitfords. 3y
Reviewsbylola Those were both great. I also read Wigs on the Green, which was fun. Jessica Mitford's The Americsn Way of Death mad a huge impact on me. 3y
Lakesidemusing Gorgeous spot!!! 3y
Ferihearted Went to the Finger Lakes in April wonderful wine 3y
BlogginBoutBooks We stayed at Cayuga Lake a few summers ago. It was beautiful and relaxing! 3y
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Amazing, thorough, and fascinating biography of the 20th century's most notorious sisters. Each sister is beautifully (and fairly) portrayed and a good addition to your library if biographies are your happy place.

MrBook Ooh, @BookBabe this one sounds right for you 😊. 3y
mollykh Possibly my favorite biography! 3y
love_everylittlething @mollykh Have you read their letters? So good! 3y
mollykh I've read everything. The letters, Nancy's novels, Decca's books, Debo's collected essays and her books about Chatsworth...it's so rare to have so much to read about one family, let alone an interesting one. 3y
love_everylittlething @mollykh I know! They were such a prolific family. I think their story is so fascinating. Debo's granddaughter Stella Tennant is a supermodel and she has that lovely sharp Mitford face. I'm a little obsessed with Daphne Guinness who is Diana's granddaughter. There was a little short film made about her, I think you can find it on YouTube. Incredible family. 3y
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Extraordinarily...Fascinating life, fascinating sisters, fascinating time.... I want more!

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