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Binding: Kindle Edition
Format: Kindle eBook
Label: NYRB Classics
Manufacturer: NYRB Classics
Number Of Pages: 284
Publication Date: 2016-11-22
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Release Date: 2016-11-22
Studio: NYRB Classics
Jessica Mitford, the great muckraking journalist, was part of a legendary English aristocratic family. Her sisters included Nancy, doyenne of the 1920s London smart set and a noted novelist and biographer; Diana, wife to the English fascist chief Sir Oswald Mosley; Unity, who fell head over in heels in love with Hitler; and Deborah, later the Duchess of Devonshire. Jessica swung left and moved to America, where she took part in the civil rights movement and wrote her classic exposé of the undertaking business, The American Way of Death.
Hons and Rebels is the hugely entertaining tale of Mitford's upbringing, which was, as she dryly remarks, “not exactly conventional. . . Debo spent silent hours in the chicken house learning to do an exact imitation of the look of pained concentration that comes over a hen's face when it is laying an egg. . . . Unity and I made up a complete language called Boudledidge, unintelligible to any but ourselves, in which we translated various dirty songs (for safe singing in front of the grown-ups).” But Mitford found her family's world as smothering as it was singular and, determined to escape it, she eloped with Esmond Romilly, Churchill's nephew, to go fight in the Spanish Civil War. The ensuing scandal, in which a British destroyer was dispatched to recover the two truants, inspires some of Mitford's funniest, and most pointed, pages.
A family portrait, a tale of youthful folly and high-spirited adventure, a study in social history, a love story, Hons and Rebels is a delightful contribution to the autobiographer's art.
• Wait for Me!: Memoirs
• Love in a Cold Climate (Radlett and Montdore)
• The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family
• The Pursuit of Love (Radlett and Montdore)
• The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters
• The American Way of Death Revisited
• A Life of Contrasts: The Autobiography
• The Mitfords: Letters between Six Sisters
• The Blessing
• Don't Tell Alfred (Radlett and Montdore)