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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (Nov. 4 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753818035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753818039
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #449,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Bigger, better and back on the shelves. Lord Moyne's lively account of the swishest society sextet has been updated. It's an oldie but it's a goodie'.―Camilla Long

This entertaining book continues to promote the Mitfords' historical interest

About the Author

Jonathan Guinness is the elder son of Diana Mosley by her first marriage to Bryan Guinness, now Lord Moyne. He has worked in journalism and banking. Catherine Guinness is the eldest of his five children. She has been a journalist with Interview magazine and has also worked for a firm of investment advisers. She is married to James, Lord Neidpath, the historian.


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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e0577b0) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
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HASH(0x9e087210) out of 5 stars all about the mitfords Jan. 10 2010
By Melissa A. Halliday - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
this book is (almost) "the holy grail" of the mitford family history. it is a great read and so fascinating. it is everything the reader wants to know and is written by a close family member. author jonathan guinness is diana mitford's son.
i recommend this book highly as a "starter" book for those who are interested in learning about this unusual family. i would also add,to check out other books by other authors. this gives a more,broad perspective of the mitfords and would be written by someone who can see the family in a different light,so to speak...still a great book!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e087264) out of 5 stars A triumph and a masterpiece - the authors ought to be proud of their efforts Dec 31 2013
By Geoffrey Woollard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My wife bought this book to enjoy. She did enjoy it and said that I would enjoy it, too. She was right: it has been one of the most enjoyable books that I have ever read. I recommend it whole-heartedly and without reservation.

Why do I recommend 'The House of Mitford'? Well, the Mitford family - especially 'the girls' - have amused, annoyed and entertained for many decades. But this book is about much more than 'the girls' for it delves into the family's roots on both the side of 'Farve' and that of 'Muv.' 'Farve' was, of course, David Freeman-Mitford, Lord Redesdale, but his father was Algernon Bertram (Bertie) Mitford, an MP and very much an educated man-of-the world. I knew nothing of him but I now know much more. 'The other' grandfather (of 'the girls') was Thomas Gibson (Tommy) Bowles, an MP himself (for King's Lynn), a yachting expert (he hired his crews from dear old Aldeburgh) and the illegitimate son of another MP. Bowles owned and published Vanity Fair and The Lady, both successful magazines and both much enjoyed, especially through the former's famous cartoons.

Jonathan Guinness, a son of Diana Freeman-Mitford and the late Lord Moyne (Diana's first husband), and Catherine Guinness, Jonathan's daughter, have had unparalleled access to family letters, papers and memories, and their studies of 'the grandfathers,' their lives and times are superb. 'Farve' and 'Muv' receive full and fair coverage, too, and they appear as more generous and less eccentric than in some more critical essays.

'The girls' themselves - Nancy, Pam, Diana, Unity, Jessica (Decca) and Deborah (Debo) - are very well and very fairly portrayed. I have never taken to Nancy, but Pam may have been fun to know. The tragic Unity and her close association with Hitler are not everybody's cup of tea and the Communist Decca was probably an unpleasant individual. Deborah (Debo), now the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, has survived and seems to know how to survive. As I have said elsewhere, I would have loved to have met any one of these ladies, though I would probably have become tongue-tied had a meeting happened. Other than the charmed and talented only son, Tom, who died a hero (in Burma just before the Jap war ended) and much too young, my 'favourite' Mitfords are definitely Diana and Debo, the former loyal to her late husband (Sir Oswald Mosley, Jonathan Guinness's step-father) to the last, and the latter clearly the most consistently loving and loved.

The authors ought to be proud of their efforts for they have produced an educated, erudite, wonderfully well-researched and extremely pleasurable work that will, hopefully and rightfully, be regarded as definitive. It is throughout a masterpiece and I shall re-read it and refer to it on more than one occasion in the future. My problem now is finding another book full of such enjoyment to read next: the task will be difficult.
HASH(0x9e08769c) out of 5 stars Excellent biography written by the great grandson and wife of ... Sept. 29 2015
By Dawn Copley - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent biography written by the great grandson and wife of other great grandfathers extraordinaire as they were and the whole Mitford Family was well known . There was never a dull moment I this family and it makes for a great read. The Mitford Girls were enough to keep us in stories for years as they went through two World Wars involving themselves with Hitler, communists, and fascists along the way . A very exciting family ! I suggest this book and any Mitford story to anyone. You will not be bored .
HASH(0x9e087684) out of 5 stars Another good read about the Mitford Family. Lady Somerset Nov. 15 2013
By Lady Somerset - Published on Amazon.com
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As previously reported one must be interested in the Mitford Family and British aristocratic families of this time in history to really enjoy the plethora of books written by and about the family. Jonathan Guinness' well written and good natured book tells us about his family with more personally known details. It was a joy to read. Some good photos I had never seen before.
HASH(0x9e087a44) out of 5 stars Open the book to the middle June 30 2015
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The book really gets good halfway in, when the recent Mitfords (1900s) are discussed. The first part of the book dealt with ancestors. I understand the authors were showing "chips off the old block," but I found the old guys uninteresting in their own right.


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