Review of Irrepressible: The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford in The London Spectator

“For all her evident admiration of her subject, Brady does not ignore the difficult side of Decca, who as she got older and more celebrated could be imperious, had trouble with her husband and her children, and drank too much. But she kept working, faced illness and death with characteristic courage and never wavered in her loyalty to the people and causes she loved. Perhaps the value of this book lies in the simple fact that it is written by someone interested in Decca in her own right, for whom her background and role in the Mitford family saga are not the most important things about her.” For the full review, visit:...

Review of The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford on Biblioklept

“Irrepressible, Leslie Brody’s new biography of Jessica Mitford, is a fascinating study in divergent attitudes about class, politics, and what it might mean to dissent from one’s own family. Jessica Mitford — “Decca” to her friends — was born into English aristocracy, which she promptly tried to escape. Brody offers a succinct outline in the opening pages.” For the full review, visit: http://biblioklept.org/2011/11/27/irrepressible-the-life-and-times-of-jessica-mitford-leslie-brody/      ...