The Six

  • by Laura Thompson
  • Narrated by Maggie Mash
  • 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The eldest was a razor-sharp novelist of upper-class manners; the second was loved by John Betjeman; the third was a fascist who married Oswald Mosley; the fourth idolized Hitler and shot herself in the head when Britain declared war on Germany; the fifth was a member of the American Communist Party; the sixth became Duchess of Devonshire.
They were the Mitford sisters: Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica, and Deborah. Born into country-house privilege in the early years of the 20th century, they became prominent as "bright young things" in the high society of interwar London. Then, as the shadows crept over 1930s Europe, the stark - and very public - differences in their outlooks came to symbolize the political polarities of a dangerous decade.
The intertwined stories of their stylish and scandalous lives - recounted in masterly fashion by Laura Thompson - hold up a revelatory mirror to upper-class English life before and after WWII.
The Six was previously published as Take Six Girls.


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what a family

you don't know whether to like them or not but you always find them interesting. initially the "story" was hard to follow but once you got the names straight it was smooth sailing.
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- Susan

Don't waste your time.

What would have made The Six better?

It was a badly organized book. I have read about the Mitfords extensively and this is by far the worst account of their lives.

Would you ever listen to anything by Laura Thompson again?

I had no objection to the narrator.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?


What character would you cut from The Six?

It's nonfiction - you can't cut anyone.

Any additional comments?

I was so disappointed in this book. I listened to the end, but it was so badly done that it did nothing for me except make me mad that I had wasted time and a credit on it.

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- Karen Vincent

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-06-2016
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio