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Number of Pages: 416

Genre: Biography + Autobiography

Sub-Genre: Women

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Picador/St. Martin's Press

Age Range: Adult

Author: Laura Thompson

Language: English

TCIN: 52199113
UPC: 9781250099549
Item Number (DPCI): 248-43-1063


"An engrossing group biography." - The New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice

"Meticulously researched, elegantly written. . . . Thompson treats her subjects with great sympathy, even in their ugliest moments. An artful history of a most enthralling family." --The Atlantic, "Best Books We Missed in 2016"

"Lively, gossipy, and at times quite moving" - The Boston Globe

"Thompson's biography of some of the most infamous sisters of the 20th century explores the answer to the question: how did one family produce such a remarkable range of [women]?" - Time.com

"Juicy and delightful . . . for fans of WWII history, funny, complicated, and fascinating women, and sisterly spats" - Jessica Grose, Lenny Letter

"Meticulously researched, elegantly written ... an artful history of a most enthralling family." - The Atlantic

"Smart, jaunty, and wittily entertaining . . . Steeped in Mitford lore and myth-making, The Six offers sharply drawn portraits of each woman, teases out the complexities of their fraught, competitive relationships with one another, and sets their lives within the context of a radically changing world." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

UK Praise
"Engaging . . . Thompson's is an astute, highly readable and well assembled book, and she writes with particular intelligence about the sisters' self-mythologising and their ongoing hold on the public imagination." - The Observer

"Thompson is marvellous at mapping and explicating the webs or skeins of sibling rivalry [in this] gripping and appalling family saga." - The Times

"The first book to consider "the whole six-pack" in the post-Mitford age. And what a remarkable story it is ... Thompson retells the story with great style and illuminating detail." - The Independent

"A breezy vigorous argument for the sisters' powerful, unrepeatable significance ... Thompson combines a subtle understanding of history with enjoyably crisp, tart insights: this is an excellent place either to begin with the Mitfords or proceed with them." - Mail on Sunday

"I was captivated by this group biography, which tells the story of the Mitfords' sensational lives in a fresh and concise way." - Sunday Express

"This is a careful, realistic assessment of their virtues, follies and charm." - Daily Mail

"Not the first-ever book about the Mitford sisters - but it might well be the best of the lot." - Reader's Digest

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