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Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford the Biography

by Laura Thompson

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Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford the Biography Synopsis

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 cliches 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 facade.

Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford the Biography Press Reviews

'The book is a gem: fresh, intelligent and assured'
Sunday Times

'A brilliant study, original, perceptive, passionate'
Selina Hastings

'Well-nigh perfect'
Diana Mosley, Literary Review

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ISBN: 9781784082291
Publication date: 29/01/2015
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784082291
Publication date: 29th January 2015
Author: Laura Thompson
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Biography: literary,

About Laura Thompson

Laura Thompson is the award-winning author of Life in a Cold Climate: A Biography of Nancy Mitford; Agatha Christie: An English Mystery (2007) and A Different Class of Murder: the Story of Lord Lucan (2014). Author photo © Richard Blower

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