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Mrs Guinness

The Rise and Fall of Diana Mitford, the Thirties Socialite

By (author) Lyndsy Spence
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The History Press Ltd, Stroud, United Kingdom
Published: 2nd Mar 2015
Dimensions: w 157mm h 246mm d 33mm
Weight: 530g
ISBN-10: 0750959738
ISBN-13: 9780750959735
Barcode No: 9780750959735
Synopsis
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 Unpublished letters, diaries and archives bring an unknown Diana to life, creating a portrait of a beautiful woman whose charm and personality enthralled all who met her,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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