The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Laura Thompson

Narrated By: Maggie Mash

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: September 2016

Duration: 15 hours 55 minutes

Summary:

The eldest was a razor-sharp novelist of upper-class manners; the second was loved by John Betjeman; the third was a fascist who married Oswald Mosley; the fourth idolized Hitler and shot herself in the head when Britain declared war on Germany; the fifth was a member of the American Communist Party; the sixth became Duchess of Devonshire.

They were the Mitford sisters: Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica, and Deborah. Born into country-house privilege in the early years of the 20th century, they became prominent as bright young things in the high society of interwar London. Then, as the shadows crept over 1930s Europe, the stark and very public differences in their outlooks came to symbolize the political polarities of a dangerous decade.

The intertwined stories of their stylish and scandalous lives recounted in masterly fashion by Laura Thompson hold up a revelatory mirror to upper-class English life before and after WWII. The Six was previously published as Take Six Girls.

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  • Lori Smith

    This book is incredibly boring.