Summary Book Review Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford:
Download or read book Hons and Rebels written by Jessica Mitford and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2016-07-07 with total page 272 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 'This book is just about my favourite book of all time ... I'm not entirely convinced I could like somebody who didn't like this book ... it's funny and moving and gives you an insight into this extraordinary moment as the war is about to begin ... it's so vivid, and what's more, it's incredibly current' Robert Rinder, BBC Radio 4 'Wonderfully funny and very poignant' Philip Toynbee 'More than an extremely amusing autobiography ... she has evoked a whole generation. Her book is full of the music of time' SUNDAY TIMES '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.
Summary Book Review J.K. Rowling by Connie Ann Kirk:
Download or read book J.K. Rowling written by Connie Ann Kirk and published by Greenwood Publishing Group. This book was released on 2003 with total page 141 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This unofficial biographical study of J. K. Rowling invites fans and critics alike to take a close look at the person behind the phenomenon.
Summary Book Review Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford (écrivain).):
Download or read book Hons and Rebels written by Jessica Mitford (écrivain).) and published by . This book was released on 1960 with total page 247 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
Summary Book Review The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family by Mary S. Lovell:
Download or read book The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family written by Mary S. Lovell and published by W. W. Norton & Company. This book was released on 2011-06-13 with total page 640 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "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.
Summary Book Review Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford The Biography by Laura Thompson:
Download or read book Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford The Biography written by Laura Thompson and published by Head of Zeus. This book was released on 2015-01-29 with total page 432 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Nancy Mitford was, in the words of her sister Lady Diana Mosley, 'very, very complex'. Her highly autobiographical early work, the biographies and novels of her more mature French period, her journalism, and the vast body of letters to her family, friends such as Evelyn Waugh, and to the great love of her life, Gaston Palewski, all tell an intriguing story. Drawing from these, as well as conversations with Mitford's two surviving sisters, acquaintances and colleagues, prize-winning author Laura Thompson has fashioned a portrait of a contradictory and courageous woman. Approaching her subject with wit, perspicacity and huge affection, Thompson makes her serious points lightly, eschewing clichés about the eccentricities of the Mitford clan. Life in a Cold Climate is full of the sound of Mitfordian laughter;but tells also the often paradoxical and complex story beneath the smiling and ever elegant façade.
Summary Book Review Hons and Rebels, Etc. [An Autobiography. With Plates, Including Portraits.]. by Jessica Mitford:
Download or read book Hons and Rebels, Etc. [An Autobiography. With Plates, Including Portraits.]. written by Jessica Mitford and published by . This book was released on 1962 with total page 246 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
Summary Book Review Take Six Girls by Laura Thompson:
Download or read book Take Six Girls written by Laura Thompson and published by Head of Zeus. This book was released on 2015-09-30 with total page 480 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 'Wonderfully readable ... Emphasises their sheer extraordinariness and celebrates them' MAIL ON SUNDAY. 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, 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 symbolise the political polarities of a dangerous decade. The intertwined stories of their lives – recounted in masterly fashion by Laura Thompson – hold up a revelatory mirror to upper-class English life before and after World War II.
Summary Book Review 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die by James Mustich:
Download or read book 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die written by James Mustich and published by Workman Publishing. This book was released on 2018-10-02 with total page 960 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: “The ultimate literary bucket list.” —THE WASHINGTON POST Celebrate the pleasure of reading and the thrill of discovering new titles in an extraordinary book that’s as compulsively readable, entertaining, surprising, and enlightening as the 1,000-plus titles it recommends. Covering fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die ranges across cultures and through time to offer an eclectic collection of works that each deserve to come with the recommendation, You have to read this. But it’s not a proscriptive list of the “great works”—rather, it’s a celebration of the glorious mosaic that is our literary heritage. Flip it open to any page and be transfixed by a fresh take on a very favorite book. Or come across a title you always meant to read and never got around to. Or, like browsing in the best kind of bookshop, stumble on a completely unknown author and work, and feel that tingle of discovery. There are classics, of course, and unexpected treasures, too. Lists to help pick and choose, like Offbeat Escapes, or A Long Climb, but What a View. And its alphabetical arrangement by author assures that surprises await on almost every turn of the page, with Cormac McCarthy and The Road next to Robert McCloskey and Make Way for Ducklings, Alice Walker next to Izaac Walton. There are nuts and bolts, too—best editions to read, other books by the author, “if you like this, you’ll like that” recommendations , and an interesting endnote of adaptations where appropriate. Add it all up, and in fact there are more than six thousand titles by nearly four thousand authors mentioned—a life-changing list for a lifetime of reading. “948 pages later, you still want more!” —THE WASHINGTON POST
Summary Book Review The Feminine Middlebrow Novel, 1920s to 1950s by Nicola Humble:
Download or read book The Feminine Middlebrow Novel, 1920s to 1950s written by Nicola Humble and published by Oxford University Press on Demand. This book was released on 2004 with total page 290 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Humble presents a study of the novels by and for middle-class women that dominated the publishing market in the first half of the 20th century. She studies the work of authors such as Agatha Christie alongside cultural products such as cookery books.
Summary Book Review Irrepressible by Leslie Brody:
Download or read book Irrepressible written by Leslie Brody and published by Catapult. This book was released on 2010-09-10 with total page 400 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From the author of Red Star Sister “An excellent biography. Brody has made the world a better place by telling [Mitford’s] saga so skillfully” (San Francisco Chronicle). Admirers and detractors use the same words to describe Jessica Mitford: subversive, mischief–maker, muckraker. J.K. Rowling calls her her “most influential writer.” Those who knew her best simply called her Decca. Born into one of Britain’s most famous aristocratic families, she eloped with Winston Churchill’s nephew as a teenager. Their marriage severed ties with her privilege, a rupture exacerbated by the life she lead for seventy–eight years. After arriving in the United States in 1939, Decca became one of the New Deal’s most notorious bureaucrats. For her the personal was political, especially as a civil rights activist and journalist. She coined the term frenemies, and as a member of the American Communist Party, she made several, though not among the Cold War witch hunters. When she left the Communist Party in 1958 after fifteen years, she promised to be subversive whenever the opportunity arose. True to her word, late in life she hit her stride as a writer, publishing nine books before her death in 1996. Yoked to every important event for nearly all of the twentieth century, Decca not only was defined by the history she witnessed, but by bearing witness, helped to define that history. “Brisk, engaging.” —Wall Street Journal “A valuable retelling of a provocative life.” —Kirkus Reviews
Download or read book Diana Mosley written by Jan Dalley and published by Faber & Faber. This book was released on 2014-06-05 with total page 320 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Diana Mosley (née Mitford) had brains, beauty and charm, wealth and social position: she risked everything to follow the dark new creed of fascism when, at twenty-two, she fell in love with Oswald Mosley, the British fascist leader, and committed her life to his ideas. In Germany she became a friend of Hitler and Goebbels; by 1940, she was in a damp cell in Holloway prison. Jan Dalley's fascinating and undeceived biography cuts through the mythology that has been built up around the Mitford sisters and around the Mosleys and reveals the truth about both an extraordinary life and the web of anti-semitism that stretched through the English aristocracy between the wars.
Summary Book Review Growing Up Communist and Jewish in Bondi Volume 2 by John Docker:
Download or read book Growing Up Communist and Jewish in Bondi Volume 2 written by John Docker and published by Kerr Publishing. This book was released on 2020-10-15 with total page 674 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Elsie Levy was born in the Jewish East End of London, came to Sydney with her family when she was 14, and joined the Communist Party of Australia when she was a young woman. In this book, her son explores her disaporic Jewish identity, both English and Australian, and in the process journeys into Jewish cultural histories. We meet important cultural figures such as Leonard Woolf, Freud, Schnitzler, Veza Canetti and Ida Rubinstein. This journey leads also to English anti-Semitism, including, shockingly, Bloomsbury. In turning to Communism and marrying out, Elsie Levy became one of history's undutiful daughters.
Summary Book Review Game Changers: A Biography of J. K. Rowling by Dona Herweck Rice:
Download or read book Game Changers: A Biography of J. K. Rowling written by Dona Herweck Rice and published by Teacher Created Materials. This book was released on 2017-03-31 with total page 32 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: J.K. Rowling's success is beyond impressive. Few authors in history have experienced anything like it. There are theme parks that recreate the Potter world, multiple films, rock bands named for Potter places and characters, websites dedicated to Potter lore, and Quidditch teams around the world. This high-interest biography details the fascinating life of the creator of the Harry Potter books-J.K. Rowling. Developed by Timothy Rasinski and featuring TIME content, this full-color nonfiction book includes essential text features like an index, captions, glossary, and table of contents. The intriguing sidebars, detailed images, and in-depth Reader's Guide require students to connect back to the text and promote multiple readings. The Think Link and Dig Deeper! sections develop students' higher-order thinking skills, and the Check It Out! section includes suggested books, videos, and websites for further reading. Aligned with state standards, this text features complex and rigorous content appropriate for students preparing for college and career readiness.
Summary Book Review The House of Mitford by Jonathan Guinness:
Download or read book The House of Mitford written by Jonathan Guinness and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2015-10-29 with total page 688 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Among the six daughters and one son born to David, second Lord Redesdale, and his wife Sydney were Nancy, the novelist and historian; Diana, who married fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley; Unity, friend of Hitler; Jessica, who became a communist and then an investigative journalist; and Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire and mistress of Chatsworth. 'The Mitford Girls', as John Betjeman called them, were one of the twentieth century's most controversial families; said to be always either in shrieks of laughter or floods of tears, they were glamorous, romantic and - especially in politics - extreme. Yet the teasing, often bordering on cruelty, the flamboyant contrasts and the violent disagreements, hid a powerful affection, subtle likenesses in character and a powerful underlying unity.
Summary Book Review Appeasing Hitler by Tim Bouverie:
Download or read book Appeasing Hitler written by Tim Bouverie and published by Random House. This book was released on 2019-04-18 with total page 512 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: ** Sunday Times Bestseller ** 'Astonishing' ANTONY BEEVOR 'One of the most promising young historians to enter our field for years' MAX HASTINGS On a wet afternoon in September 1938, Neville Chamberlain stepped off an aeroplane and announced that his visit to Hitler had averted the greatest crisis in recent memory. It was, he later assured the crowd in Downing Street, 'peace for our time'. Less than a year later, Germany invaded Poland and the Second World War began. This is a vital new history of the disastrous years of indecision, failed diplomacy and parliamentary infighting that enabled Nazi domination of Europe. Drawing on previously unseen sources, it sweeps from the advent of Hitler in 1933 to the beaches of Dunkirk, and presents an unforgettable portrait of the ministers, aristocrats and amateur diplomats whose actions and inaction had devastating consequences. 'Brilliant and sparkling . . . Reads like a thriller. I couldn't put it down' Peter Frankopan 'Vivid, detailed and utterly fascinating . . . This is political drama at its most compelling' James Holland 'Bouverie skilfully traces each shameful step to war . . . in moving and dramatic detail' Sunday Telegraph SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL BOOK WRITING 2020
Summary Book Review The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford:
Download or read book The Pursuit of Love written by Nancy Mitford and published by Vintage. This book was released on 2010-08-10 with total page 224 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Mitford’s most enduringly popular novel, The Pursuit of Love is a classic comedy about growing up and falling in love among the privileged and eccentric. Now an original series on Prime Video. Mitford modeled her characters on her own famously unconventional family. We are introduced to the Radletts through the eyes of their cousin Fanny, who stays with them at Alconleigh, their Gloucestershire estate. Uncle Matthew is the blustering patriarch, known to hunt his children when foxes are scarce; Aunt Sadie is the vague but doting mother; and the seven Radlett children, despite the delights of their unusual childhood, are recklessly eager to grow up. The first of three novels featuring these characters, The Pursuit of Love follows the travails of Linda, the most beautiful and wayward Radlett daughter, who falls first for a stuffy Tory politician, then an ardent Communist, and finally a French duke named Fabrice. Featuring an introduction by Zoë Heller.