What a shame Far too much focus on the relationship between the author and Pamela rather than on her life as a whole She may not have been as outrageous as her sisters but her life was by no means dull I hope one day someone writes a thorough biography of this least known Mitford. A star and a half The author of this text claims to be a journalist, and also claims to have been a close friend of Pamela Mitford Jackson However, there isn t much to back up these claims In terms of journalism, Alexander needed a strong editor at the very least The book is scrappy, leaping back and forth in time and place, as well as extremely repetitive What little information is given about the supposed subject is given at least four times over, in exactly the same words I finally gave up when one of the final chapters re tells the story of how Pamela took in her nephews, and the reasons she did so, and how she had to sacrifice her breeding bullfor the third or fourth time In the exact words she used before Journalist Alexander also claims to have been a close friend of Pamela s, and yet there isn t much to bear out that claim, aside from repeated anecdotes that point up that Mrs Jackson was tight fisted and not above smuggling things into Britain In reality, we discover Alexander worked as her daily cleaner for a few years Even though she obviously had access to the family correspondence, she doesn t quote from Pam s letters, preferring to tell us about the contents in her Alexander s own words Why is that preferable If you ve read the other Mitford books , particularly Wait for Me and Hons and Rebels, you ll have read most of this one already Alexander quotes without quoting most of the time, again scarcely re wording great swathes of other people s writing Even when she does write for herself, some of it doesn t make much sense She refers again repeatedly to Diana and Moseley living in a partially deserted inn Partially deserted Does that mean that a part of the inn was open for business If it means part of it was uninhabitable and they rented and used the habitable part, it would have helped if that were made clear But never mind Alexander doesn t even know what a collop is, asking the reader if that is a specific dish, or a rare cut of meat Even I know that collops have been around in the British countryside since the Middle Ages a quick Google will tell you that a collop is a slice of meat, often bacon And I m not even a journalist Very disappointing I got very nearly to the end when I realised Alexander was just waffling and padding a very sketchy knowledge of her subject I m done here. The subject matter somewhat redeemed this, but it s clumsily written, with a scatter gun approach to chronology, and with far too much repetition Although it claims to be about Pamela, it s really as much about the other sisters and the whole family, and doesn t manage to make Pamela really come alive as an individual Not at all a well written book. Quite disappointing I really looked forward to reading this but it is just a bad rehash of all the other, much better Mitford books I didn t learn very much about Pamela that I hadn t read in the Letters Between Six Sisters it was about the other girls. The First Biography Of The Most Private Of The Mitford SistersJournalist Diana Alexander, Who Was Pamela Mitford S Friend For Many Years, Offers A Captivating Biography Of Gentle Pamela, As Her Lifelong Admirer John Betjeman Described Her The Story Of Pamela Jackson, N E Mitford, Is A Fascinating One Despite Shunning The Bright City Lights That Her Sisters So Desperately Craved, She Had Many Wild Adventures Of Her Own And Was Very Much Involved In The Activities Of Her Extraordinary Family, Picking Up The Many Pieces When Things Went Disastrously Wrong Which They Often Did But Was Always Content To Be Her Own Delightful Self Loyal To The Core, She Inherited From Her Mother, Lady Redesdale, The Constancy And Kindness That Underpinned The Wilder Exploits Of The Famous Mitford Family Indeed, Innocence Along With Courage And Kindness Was One Of Her Remarkable Qualities But It Was The Innocence Of A Woman Who Had Lived And Suffered, Loved And Lost, And Overcome Adversity To Enjoy An Unusually Contented Old Age I picked this up in a bookshop having long ago run out of new Mitford books to read It s a fairly slight book, if I m honest most of the information in it I recognised from other sources In any case, I think there s a reason why no separate book has been written about Pamela Mitford before There s also an irritating habit of repetition key facts, such as Pamela taking care of Diana s children when she was in prison, appear over and over again in chapters on different themes, as though the author thinks she is writing for a class of inattentive schoolchildren who need constant recaps.The author knew Pamela Mitford personally in her old age and there is a certain amount of championing of her, defending her niceness, her looks, her adventurous spirit and, slightly unconvincingly, her humour But perhaps because the author s personal knowledge is confined to her subject s last decade and there is no indication that she the author has a background in historical research, there is a definite dearth of early biographical detail One to read with reasonably low expectations, perhaps, in which case it is a pleasant enough journey through a largely happy life. Mostly about the other Mitford girls No coherent to time line ,kept jumping between people and events with no clear biographical structure Not much information on the younger Pamela,eg meeting her future husband,details of their romance or their wedding my favorite Mitford Pamela Mitford was often thought of as the sister who didn t really do anything interesting As this book shows that is quite wrong Wonderful book. I will read anything by or about any of the Mitford Sisters, but this one was scraping the bottom of the barrel a little For a book that was supposed to fill in the blanks about the least known Mitford it spent an awful lot of time talking about the other better known Mitfords, and I ve read so much about them now that I found myself disagreeing with the author about her take on some of the those other Mitfords and their stories Still, it was a fun read, and nice to learn a bit about Pamela, who lived up to her knick name Woman by being so good at the domestic arts, and so keen on good food Remembrances of her carefulness with money were very amusing as were some of the stories of her down to earth manner, even with famous guests at fancy parties She sounded quite a character, and happily, much appreciated by her family, especially as they all grew older It is ultimately the humour and wit that makes this family so interesting to me and the nicknames alone make me laugh every time.
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- 192 pages
- The Other Mitford
- Diana Alexander
- 06 October 2019 Diana Alexander