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Life in a Cold Climate
01 Oct 2020 * PAPERBACK * £12 * 9781789542660

A biography of the most brilliant of the Mitford sisters, who dazzled and scandalised interwar high society with their wit and sometimes controversial lifestyles.

Non Fiction / BGL (Biography)
Extent: 432 pages  Format: 198 x 129 mm Illus: 2 x 8pp b&w illus
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Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford - The BiographyLaura Thompson

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

Nancy Mitford was, in the words of her sister Lady Diana Mosley, 'very, very complex'. Her biographies and novels, 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 and colleagues, prize-winning author Laura Thompson has fashioned a portrait of a contradictory and courageous woman.

Thompson approaches her subject with wit, perspicacity and affection, while eschewing clichés 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 façade.

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

'Well-nigh perfect' Diana Mosley, Literary Review

Laura Thompson is the author of several critically acclaimed works of non-fiction. Her first book The Dogs: A Personal History of Greyhound Racing won the Somerset Maugham Award. Rex V. Edith Thompson: A Tale of Two Murders was shortlisted for a CWA Dagger Award. She has written biographies of Nancy Mitford and Agatha Christie, A Different Class of Murder about the Lord Lucan scandal, The Last Landlady about her grandmother, and the New York Times-bestselling Take Six Girls: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters.

Biography of the most famous of the Mitfords, an endlessly fascinating family.

Award-winning author who writes with real style and is on the festival circuit.

Nancy Mitford's novel The Pursuit of Love is subject of a new BBC dramatisation.

MARKET: Craig Brown; Evelyn Waugh; Anne Glenconner.


'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

'Award-winning writer Laura Thompson seeks to explain a sophisticated, glamorous literary heroine ... [A] good read' This England

'This refreshing edition allows us to enjoy again a shrewdly argued, thoroughly engrossing, life affirming tribute to the lady [Nancy Mitford]. We can rediscover for ourselves that distinctive and timeless joie de vivre' Glasgow Herald

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