India Knight: The Mitfords
3 January 2002
Show More The Mitford Girls: The Biography of an Extraordinary Family by Mary Lovell.
Little, Brown, 611 pp., £20, September 2001, 0 316 85868 4Show More
Nancy Mitford: A Memoir by Harold Acton.
Gibson Square, 256 pp., £16.99, September 2001, 1 903933 01 3Show More
“... sisters (in descending order: Nancy, Pam, Diana, Unity, Decca, Debo; there was also a brother, Tom), had little talent for levity. So the jokes are crucial. One occasionally gets the impression, from MaryLovell’s compelling, fluent and problematically sucker-uppy biography, that she isn’t always entirely sure whether the jokes are funny or not: she quotes the tried-and-tested ones over and over ...”