Mrs Guinness: The Rise and Fall of Diana Mitford, the Thirties Socialite

Author(s): Lyndsy Spence

Biography

Before Diana Mitford's disgrace as a social pariah, she was a celebrated member of the Bright Young Things, moving at the centre of 1920s and '30s London high society. She was a muse to many: Helleu painted her, James Lees-Milne worshipped her, Evelyn Waugh dedicated a book to her and Winston Churchill nicknamed her 'Dina-mite'. As the young wife of Bryan Guinness, heir to the Guinness brewing empire, she lived a gilded life until fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley turned her head. Unpublished letters, diaries and archives bring an unknown Diana to life, creating a portrait of a beautiful woman whose charm and personality enthralled all who met her, but the discourse of her life would ultimately act as a cautionary tale. This groundbreaking biography reveals the woman behind the myth.

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General Fields

  • : 9780750959735
  • : History Press Limited, The
  • : History Press Limited, The
  • : February 2015
  • : 234mm X 156mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Lyndsy Spence
  • : Hardback
  • : en
  • : 941.082092
  • : 224
  • : 16 black & white illustrations, 8 black & white plates