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Nancy Mitford was born in London on November 28 1904, daughter of the second Baron Redesdale, and the eldest of six girls. Her sisters included Lady Diana Mosley; Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire and Jessica, who immortalised the Mitford family in her autobiography Hons and Rebels. The Mitford sisters came of age during the Roaring Twenties and wartime in London, and were well known for their beauty, upper-class bohemianism or political allegiances. Nancy contributed columns to The Lady and the Sunday Times, as well as writing a series of popular novels including The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, which detailed the high-society affairs of the six Radlett sisters. While working in London during the Blitz, Nancy met and fell in love with Gaston Palewski, General de Gaulle's chief of staff, and eventually moved to Paris to be near him. In the 1950s she began writing historical biographies - her life of Louis XIV, The Sun King, became an international bestseller. Nancy completed her last book, Frederick the Great, before she died of Hodgkin's disease on 30 June 1973.

Books by Nancy Mitford

Christmas Pudding
The Complete Novels
The Pursuit Of Love
Don't Tell Alfred
The Penguin Complete Novels Of Nancy Mitford
Madame de Pompadour
Frederick the Great
Voltaire in Love
The Sun King
The Letters Of Nancy Mitford And Evelyn Waugh
The Blessing
Wigs On The Green
Love in a Cold Climate: Popular Penguins
Love In A Cold Climate
Love In A Cold Climate & Other Novels