Hons and Rebels [Jessica Mitford] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. ‘Whenever I read the words Peer’s Daughter in a headline, ‘ Lady. ABOUT THIS BOOK. Hons and Rebels is Jessica Mitford’s hilarious and moving memoir about her childhood in her eccentric English family and. Jessica Mitford, the great muckraking journalist, was part of a legendary English aristocratic family. Her sisters included Nancy, doyenne of the.

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Me ha parecido muy entretenida, y a ratos, divertida The best parts were her reflections on the politics of the time, and her discussion of her sisters, of course. One turned to writing as a form of payback, another embraced Nazism, while the author of this memoir chose her romanticised, unrealistic version of Communism. At that age, what and who you are depends largely on what book you happen to be reading at the moment.

Let me rephrase that.

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It failed me totally! Well, that might Though she was born into a wonderfully eccentric upper renels English family, Jessica Mitford was set on escaping–she started a “running away” savings account at Drummond’s Bank in London when she was twelve. Jun 19, Sarah rated it liked it. Meanwhile, of the remainder of the family, Mother supported her fascist daughters but of course some of the support would have been supporting daughters, as much as supporting politicsFather was a fascist sympathiser but once war was declared supported his country.

This is a very romantic book; the relationship between Esmund and her, especially their time on the road in America, is homs sweetly portrayed. Reply Thank you Karen! They were put there by my sister Unity and myself when we were children.

I read this quite hungrily because I needed a Mitford fix and I couldn’t get the Sisters bio on kindle. Unity’s fate was even more horrific, she fell in love with Adolph Hitler, became a fanatical “Jew-hater” in her own words and then tried to kill herself when England declared war on Nazi Germany. See 1 question about Hons and Rebels….


At nineteen she eloped with her rebel cousin and they ran away together to the Spanish Civil War–an event that was Huge Big News at the time. While I do greatly admire Jessica and I probably like her best out of the six of those mad bad Mitfords, her writing in Hons and Rebels lacks a sort of insight that makes the circumstances of her life interesting.

I rarely read biographies. She devoted her life to fighting fascism, even while 2 of her sisters became close associates of Adolf Hitler.

The Mitfords are fascinating. Feb 19, Andrew added it Shelves: It’s quite surprising that I hadn’t read this book before – as I have become a little addicted to reading about the mad bad Mitfords.

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However, I recently read the collection of letters between the 6 sisters and gained more respect for Decca. There wasn’t a ton of insight into the family that I didn’t get from reading a giant tome of letters between the sisters several years ago, but it was nice to hear more about Jessica’s life since she and her sisters were frequently not on speaking terms.

Given the extreme fame of her family and the career Jessica later established as a journalist in her own right, if a muckracker at that, it’s beyond enjoyable to see where it all began.

What really fascinated me on this read has really been the family aspects. Jun 02, Chrissie rated it really liked it Shelves: The only way to effectively convey the rum atmosphere of the rural gentry in which Decca was nurtured – now completely vanished from England – is to proffer some select passages. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. I chose this book to read more about Jessica’s second marriage and later life.


Jessica Mitford ends this mainly happy book before her husband dies while fighting mitfrod World War Two. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

These made good cages for the assorted animals, whose loud yelps, cooing and baaing blended nicely with the lusty voices of the village choir and effectively drowned out most of the ten-minute sermon.

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To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: A brilliant muckraking regels, Mitford was the author of, among other works, a memoir of her youth, Hons and Rebels ; a study of the funeral industry, The American Way of Death ; and Rebele and Usual Punishment: Comment Name Email Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

The real answer begins at home — but Jessica, while ridiculing her parents’ snobbery, is strangely silent about the underlying coldness and lack of love in her childhood home. Debo has an eternal place in my heart, but, even though none of the others quite made it there, I still adored reading the letters between all six sisters.

At the same time, Jessica is growing up when her parents strongly believe in the old-fashioned perspectives of the English peerage, her sisters Unity and Diana become involved with Fascism, and Jessica’s socialist leanings conflict with both. Very young, she rushes off to the Spanish Civil War. Here, for example, is the family wending their privileged way to the parish church on a typical Sunday: You are commenting using your Facebook account.

One turned to w I first read this sometime back in the 80s.