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Book Title: DIANA MOSLEY|
The author of the book: Anne de Courcy
Edition: CHATTO AND WINDUS
Date of issue: December 10th 2003
ISBN 13: 9781856192422
Format files: PDF
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In hundreds of hours of taped interviews, Diana Mosley not only spoke to the author with extreme frankness about her life and beliefs but, during the course of several years, gave unprecedented access to her private papers, letters and diaries. The only stipulation made by Lady Mosley was that this book should not be published until after her death.
She was born the Hon. Diana Mitford in 1910. The most beautiful and the cleverest of the six Mitford sisters, she was eighteen when she married Bryan Guinness, who was fabulously wealthy. After four years, she left him for the fascist leader, Oswald Mosley, who was a married man (his wife was Lord Curzon's daughter, Cimmie). Diana set herself up as Mosley's mistress - a course of action that horrified her family and scandalised society.
In 1933 she took her sister Unity to Germany; soon both had met the new German leader, Adolf Hitler. Diana became so close to him that when she and Mosley married in 1936 (after the death of Mosley's wife) the ceremony took place in the Goebbels' drawing room and Hitler was guest of honour. She continued to visit Hitler until a month before the outbreak of war.
During the Second World War, she was held in Holloway prison without trial. For years she refused to believe in the reality of the Holocaust, and until her dying day (she died in Paris in August 2003) she was unyielding in her adoration of Mosley and affection for Hitler.
This gripping book is a portrait both of an extraordinary individual and the strange, terrible world of political extremism in the 1930s.
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Read information about the authorAnne de Courcy is a well-known writer, journalist and book reviewer. In the 1970s she was Woman’s Editor on the London Evening News until its demise in 1980, when she joined the Evening Standard as a columnist and feature-writer. In 1982 she joined the Daily Mail as a feature writer, with a special interest in historical subjects, leaving in 2003 to concentrate on books, on which she has talked widely both here and in the United States.
A critically-acclaimed and best-selling author, she believes that as well as telling the story of its subject’s life, a biography should depict the social history of the period, since so much of action and behaviour is governed not simply by obvious financial, social and physical conditions but also by underlying, often unspoken, contemporary attitudes, assumptions, standards and moral codes.
Anne is on the committee of the Biographers’ Club; and a past judge of their annual Prize. Her recent biographies, all of which have been serialised, include THE VICEROY’S DAUGHTERS, DIANA MOSLEY and DEBS AT WAR and SNOWDON; THE BIOGRAPHY, written with the agreement and co-operation of the Earl of Snowdon. Based on Anne’s book, a Channel 4 documentary “Snowdon and Margaret: Inside a Royal Marriage”, was broadcast.
Anne was a judge for the recent Biography section of the Costa Award in 2013, and is also one of the judges on the final selection panel judging the best of all the genres.
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