February Book Club: Decca Mitford’s Hons & Rebels

Jessica Mitford’s Hons and Rebels is one of our very favourite memoirs and one of the books that made us realise how fascinating and rewarding reading memoirs could be. Anyone who has read the collected letters of the Mitford sisters will realise they were all brilliant, witty writers (with the possible exception of Pamela) and Jessica Mitford also led an incident-rich life to report back on. She was at odds with the fascist sympathies of her favourite sister Unity (who was close enough to Hitler to at one stage have been rumoured to be pregnant with his child) and ran away from home aged 19 to fight with the Reds in the Spanish Civil War. Mitford became a civil rights campaigner and then a campaigning journalist in the United States of America. She is also the writer J.K.Rowling’s heroine and Rowling has described her as “the least ‘politically correct’ Communist imaginable”. We hope you will enjoy reading Hons and Rebels along with us.

Hons & Rebels by Decca Mitford
— Alex Peake-Tomkinson
6th February 2020

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