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Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford the Biography by Laura Thompson
  

Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford the Biography

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A biography that captures the wit and humour of Nancy Mitford and her sisters, it will make you return to Nancy’s writings to experience the worlds she created that were both a mirror and a contrast to her own life. Laura Thompson hasn’t however drawn a veil over the realities of Nancy Mitford’s life, there was tragedy and an uneasy death, but throughout we are reminded of her great talent and the legacy she has left us in her writings.

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Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford the Biography by Laura Thompson

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.

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

About the Author

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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Book Info

Publication date

29th January 2015

Author

Laura Thompson

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Author's Website

www.laurathompson.co.uk/

Publisher

Head of Zeus

Format

Hardback
448 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Biography: literary

ISBN

9781784082291

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