Take Six Girls: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters

  • by Laura Thompson
  • Narrated by Maggie Mash
  • 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

They were known as the Mitford sisters: Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica and Deborah. Born into country-house privilege in the early years of the 20th century, they became prominent as 'bright young things' in the high society of interwar London.
Then, as the shadows crept over 1930s Europe, the stark - and very public - differences in their outlooks came to symbolize the political polarities of a dangerous decade.

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What the Critics Say

"I was enthralled and charmed by this group biography of all six Mitford sisters, which tells the intertwined stories of their stylish scandalous lives." (The Bookseller)

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A really excellent overview of the Mitfords

I was a little anxious when I began this book that it wouldn't tell me anything that I hadn't already learned from "The Mitford Girls" (another excellent biography) or Hons and Rebels, but I was happily proved wrong. Where The Mitford Girls is more of a chronological, factual recounting of the sisters lives, this book examines their relationships and motivations in more depth while still recounting their life stories. I also learned far more about the affect their behaviour had on their parents and how Nancy used their lives in her books. All in all I would not hesitate to recommend this book. It has lead me back to reading the Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate in a much more informed way than the first time I read them.
Finally a word about the Narrator, she is truly fantastic, I will be seeking out more books read by her, she really brought the book to life.
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- LettyBIRD

Good, but a little confusing

I wanted to know more about the Mitford sisters, at term I had heard before, but as a Dane I knew next to nothing. I got to know a lot all right, the book did an excellent job.

But it took a little while to get there because the author just picks up and goes assuming that you know a lot of things beforehand - including all the sisters names and the differences between them. I didn't even know that much, so I was thoroughly confused and annoyed in the beginning.

Then I simply skipped the introduction, which is over an hour long, and then, by paying good attention, I was able to figure out who was who and why they were important.

The author keeps jumping back and forth in time and introduces characters, that will appear decades later. But if you're just as green as me, skip the first chapter and hang in there, you'll get the hang of it. And once you get there, it's a really good book.
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- Mimi Munch-Jensen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-03-2016
  • Publisher: Lamplight Audio