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Mrs Guinness

The Rise and Fall of Diana Mitford, the Thirties Socialite

by Lyndsy Spence


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Before Diana Mosley (neƩ Mitford) became a social pariah, she was a principal member of the Bright Young Things set in London's 1920s and '30s high society. As the young wife of Bryan Guinness, heir to the Guinness family brewing empire, she lived a gilded life until fascist leader Oswald Mosley turned her head. This ground-breaking biography adopts a new approach in exploring the life of Diana Mitford - removing her from her famous family and fascism to look at the woman behind the myths. Combining the traditional rituals of the upper classes - the debutante season, social movements of the 1920s and social upheaval of the 1930s - allows Diana to be presented as a young woman desperately trying to find her place in a rapidly changing world. Benefitting from never-before published letters, diaries and archives has allowed her story to take shape. It is a character study of a beautiful woman whose charm and personality enthralled all who met her, but whose life would ultimately act as a cautionary tale.

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The History Press
The History Press Ireland
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