Hons and Rebels

Hons and Rebels

Book - 1977
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'Whenever I read the words "Peer's Daughter" in a headline,' Lady Redesdale once sadly remarked, 'I know it's going to be something about one of you children.'

The Mitford family is one of the century's most enigmatic, made notorious by Nancy's novels, Diana's marriage to Sir Oswald Mosley, Unity's infatuation with Hitler, Debo's marriage to a duke and Jessica's passionate commitment to communism. Hons and Rebels is an enchanting and deeply absorbing memoir of an isolated and eccentric upbringing which conceals beneath its witty, light-hearted surface much wisdom and depth of feeling.

Publisher: London : Gollancz, 1977.
ISBN: 9780575400047


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Oct 20, 2015

I really liked this book. It tols me a lot about England before the Second World war. I did think they had a very naive attitude about Communism and Fascism. I would rate it G

Nov 25, 2012

An autobiography about growing up in a very eccentric upper class family, one of six daughters and a son. As a very young woman, Mitford runs away with Esmond Romilly, Churchill's nephew who had also rebelled against his upper class background, first to Spain and then to the U.S. It is an intellectual biography about Mitford's journey to the left told with humour and without sentimentality. There are few books which communicate the texture of daily life in the 1930s as this one does. A classic.

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