Authors: Laura Thompson
Tags: #Biography & Autobiography, #Historical
Approaching her subject with wit, perspicacity and affection, prize-winning author Laura Thompson makes her serious points lightly, eschewing clichés about the eccentricities of the Mitford clan. This is a book that will fascinate anyone interested in Nancy Mitford’s circle and the world of her novels, which say so much about their author and yet only hint at the many sorrows she stoically endured. Life in a Cold Climate is full of the sound of Mitfordian laughter; but tells also the often paradoxical and complex story beneath the smiling and ever elegant façade.
Life in a Cold Climate
On 7 November 1974, a nanny named Sandra Rivett was bludgeoned to death in a Belgravia basement. A second woman, Veronica, Countess of Lucan, was also attacked. The man named in a coroner’s court as the perpetrator of these crimes, Richard John Bingham, 7
Earl of Lucan, disappeared in the early hours of the following morning. The case, solved in the eyes of the law, has retained its fascination ever since.
Laura Thompson, acclaimed biographer of Agatha Christie, narrates the story that led up to that cataclysmic event, and draws on her considerable forensic skills to re-examine the possible truths behind one of postwar Britain’s most notorious murders.
A Different Class of Murder
is a portrait of an era, of an extraordinary cast of characters, of a mystery, of a modern myth. Part social history, part detective story, it tells in masterly style one of the great tales of our collective living memory
A Different Class of Murder
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First published in 2015 by Head of Zeus Ltd
Copyright © Laura Thompson 2015
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A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.
ISBN (HB) 9781784970871
ISBN (E) 9781784970888
Jacket images l–r: Pamela Jackson by Bassano Ltd, 29 January 1936 © National Portrait Gallery, London; Deborah Freeman-Mitford, the Duchess of Devonshire, 3 December 1952 © Illustrated London News Ltd/ Mary Evans; Jessica Mitford © Mary Evans/Yevonde Portrait Archive; Diana Guinness by Madame Yevonde, 11 January 1933 © Yevonde Portrait Archive/ILN/Mary Evans Picture Library; Unity Mitford by Bassano Ltd, 9 November 1937 © National Portrait Gallery, London; Nancy Freeman-Mitford in The Bystander, 20 April 1932 © Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
Author photo: Richard Blower
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