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Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford The Biography
Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford The Biography Laura Thompson
 Great Lives

'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

Head of Zeus * Biography
29 Jan 2015 * 432pp * £5.99 * 9781784082635
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
'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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Author
Laura Thompson
Laura Thompson
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.
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