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LAURA THOMPSON is a writer and freelance journalist. She won the Somerset Maugham award for her first book, The Dogs, and is also the author of the critically acclaimed biography of Nancy Mitford, Life in a Cold Climate, Agatha Christie: An English Mystery (2007) and A Different Class of Murder: the Story of Lord Lucan (2014


"An engrossing group biography." - The New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice "Meticulously researched, elegantly written. . . . Thompson treats her subjects with great sympathy, even in their ugliest moments. An artful history of a most enthralling family." --The Atlantic, "Best Books We Missed in 2016" "Lively, gossipy, and at times quite moving" - The Boston Globe "Thompson's biography of some of the most infamous sisters of the 20th century explores the answer to the question: how did one family produce such a remarkable range of [women]?" - Time.com

"Juicy and delightful . . . for fans of WWII history, funny, complicated, and fascinating women, and sisterly spats" - Jessica Grose, Lenny Letter "Meticulously researched, elegantly written ... an artful history of a most enthralling family." - The Atlantic "Smart, jaunty, and wittily entertaining . . . Steeped in Mitford lore and myth-making, The Six offers sharply drawn portraits of each woman, teases out the complexities of their fraught, competitive relationships with one another, and sets their lives within the context of a radically changing world." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review) UK Praise
"Engaging . . . Thompson's is an astute, highly readable and well assembled book, and she writes with particular intelligence about the sisters' self-mythologising and their ongoing hold on the public imagination." - The Observer "Thompson is marvellous at mapping and explicating the webs or skeins of sibling rivalry [in this] gripping and appalling family saga." - The Times "The first book to consider "the whole six-pack" in the post-Mitford age. And what a remarkable story it is ... Thompson retells the story with great style and illuminating detail." - The Independent "A breezy vigorous argument for the sisters' powerful, unrepeatable significance ... Thompson combines a subtle understanding of history with enjoyably crisp, tart insights: this is an excellent place either to begin with the Mitfords or proceed with them." - Mail on Sunday "I was captivated by this group biography, which tells the story of the Mitfords' sensational lives in a fresh and concise way." - Sunday Express "This is a careful, realistic assessment of their virtues, follies and charm." - Daily Mail "Not the first-ever book about the Mitford sisters - but it might well be the best of the lot." - Reader's Digest

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