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Jessica Mitford, the great muckraking journalist, was part of a legendary English aristocratic family.

It stayed with me, too — it was wonderful to revisit Jessica Mitford’s childhood. In actual fact, Jessica or Decca, as she was known comes across very sympathetically. See all 51 reviews. Unity and I made up a complete language called Boudledidge, unintelligible to any but ourselves, in which we translated various dirty songs rebelss safe singing in front of the grown-ups.

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New York Review Books hide caption. I was inspired to buy it by its ten cent price and also its ghastly, 60s-Penguin “artwork” hone. After reading The Blessing or some of it I was left with a faint regret that France had stopped using the guillotine.

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Can you relate to how bored Jessica must have been growing up? We won’t even discuss their attitude toward the Americans they merrily take advantage of at every turn.


March 24, at 7: One is devoted entirely to newspaper clippings about the family: The Pursuit of Love. It is a true life memoir of the childhood and early adult years of a future well-regarded journalist.

Hons and Rebels is an autobiography by political activist Jessica Mitfordwhich describes her aristocratic childhood and the conflicts between her and her sisters Unity and Dianawho were ardent supporters of Nazism.

Strikingly observant and extremely well written, “Hons and Rebels” manages to convey the flavour of the English upper classes in such a way as to make them likeable. Although he was an interesting character too, I enjoyed this section less than her treatment of her childhood and fascinating family. Diana was one of the s hedonistic Bright Young Things.

When they eventually married, Hitler was at their wedding, which was held at the Goebbels’ house. I think as a child, she was the most beautiful daughter. I knew the political splits, I iessica the extreme politically split sister stories Jessica, Diana, Unity, but on this read, thinking about families, their tangled influences, not to mention the wider personal rather than political effects of conflict and loyalty within the family were what I have been revels musing about.

I fell in love with her right then and there. The memoir ends just as World War II is beginning, leaving the reader to find out more homs Jessica’s postwar career as a muckraking journalist.

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I know there is a biography about the family rather than an autobiography, and also there is a book of the letters the sisters wrote lifelong to each other Reply. To view it, click here. It broke my heart in the strangest way. I was actually getting really worried over Decca and Esmond’s naivety and their ability to lose money so quickly.


Jessica Mitford – Hons and Rebels

The Mitfords are fascinating. English Choose a language for shopping. But what you also see is that with Esmond, this is a love story. However the books written about the six sisters are horribly fascinating. View all 4 comments. Rehels Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

Her sisters included Nancy, doyenne of the s 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. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

Of course, it also occurs to me that Anv said to be the most beautiful of the sisters is in classical parlance also a Huntress….

Lists with This Book. The Mitford family has always been fascinating to me, what with the sisters paths being so divergent. I urge you to skip the blurb and give it a try.

The book would have been enjoyable for that alone.