Hons and Rebels [Jessica Mitford] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. ‘Whenever I read the words Peer’s Daughter in a headline, ‘ Lady. ABOUT THIS BOOK. Hons and Rebels is Jessica Mitford’s hilarious and moving memoir about her childhood in her eccentric English family and. Jessica Mitford, the great muckraking journalist, was part of a legendary English aristocratic family. Her sisters included Nancy, doyenne of the.

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Quotes from Hons and Rebels. But for me, Hons and Rebels went far beyond a memoir.

Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford

Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Lists with This Book. Dec 15, Margaret rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s quite rebe,s that I hadn’t read this book before – as I have become a little addicted to reading about the mad bad Mitfords.

Jessica Mitford ends this mainly happy book before her husband dies while fighting in World War Two.

He is so deliciously accurate in his assessments. Write a customer review.

I find the Mitford family very interesting. She doesn’t even know how to pick up her own clothes or cook a meal, let alone acquiring any of the usual mitfordd for young women with working ambitions such as typing or shorthand, which even in her class would not have been considered “infra dig”, but “rather fun, you know!

Fighting in such a war would be an irksome task, dogged by boredom every step of the way, but nonetheless essential. March 21, at 3: There’s no pity party here, just an honest look maybe too honest at times at a family that I’m grateful not be a part of. Even Adolf Hitler had something to say about Jessica Mitford!


Although he was an interesting character too, I enjoyed this section less than her treatment of her childhood and fascinating family. I have no idea at what age she wrote this book, but either she was an excellent writer who could recapture the emotional and intellectual immaturity of jessicq as a young woman, or she just never grew up.

The most fascinating of all are my mother’s voluminous scrapbooks, dozens of them, huge tomes, each arranged carefully in some sort of order either of mitfprd matter or of period. It deserves to be remembered because it describes the exuberance of youthful folly so well, the impulse to get out of town, and in doing so to remake the world radically, tramping across France, Spain, ,itford America in the process. It’s maybe telling that, as Jessica reports, her husband regaled some their new American friends with truth-embellished versions of their adventures–to improve the stories, she says.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. She is pregnant for the second time. The real answer begins at home — but Jessica, while ridiculing her parents’ snobbery, is strangely silent about the underlying coldness and lack of love in her childhood home. Mitford and Hons and Rebels are cited by J. I have a complex relationship with the Mitfords — I find them fascinating, but I deplore the right wing politics of some of them like you.

I’m accustomed to starting to read my next book the moment I finish the previous rbels, but for some reason I couldn’t here. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

Hons and Rebels

Her family, the English Communist party members, her husbands friends–she’s smarter and better than all of them. Family souvenirs have an almost universal fascination. Even the dialogue is wonderful and so in keeping with the sparkling repartee of the Thirties, even when discussing weighty issues. Pages to import images to Wikidata. For those not familiar, one became an author, another a farmer, one a Nazi, one a Fascist, another a duchess and finally, Jessica, who wrote “Hons and Rebels” — who became a Communist with plans to fight in the Spanish Civil War before she eloped and headed off to America where she fought for social justice.


Diana’s wedding to Bryan Guinness, by far the grandest, takes up most of the book, and the sepia photos themselves are so huge that they hardly fit the immense pages. Just Unity, Debo, and Decca were left around — and it is the three of them who formed various bonds and antipathies.

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And how family closeness and divergent core beliefs coexist. For those interested in the Mitford family and Jessica in particular this is a must read. The tangible evidences of this past are, it is true, somewhat different from those found in the average English home.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. He seemed to have a dilettantish interest in fascism and social justice, and really struck me as being sort of naive and clueless.

But Mitford found her family’s world as smothering as it was singular and, determined to escape it, she eloped with Esmond Romilly, Churchill’s nephew, to go fight in the Znd Civil War.