Beautifully written.' Valerie Grove, The Times 'Martini-dry wit.' Irish Times 'Often pure Wodehouse.' Financial Times 'Uncompromising.' A.N. Wilson, Sunday Telegraph 'It has all her charm.' Laura Thompson, A Good Read, BBC Radio 4 'Brilliant.' Evening Standard 'A Life of Contrasts is a candid, page-turning memoir, written by a woman who will—without any doubt—be viewed by history as one of the most fascinating personalities of the Twentieth Century.' Mary S. Lovell 'Lady Mosley writes extremely well… Her book reads like brilliant talk; her characters live and die in a single phrase… An autobiography of real distinction.' Jonathan Raban, Sunday Times 'I envy any reader coming for the first time to A Life of Contrasts, Diana Mosley's account of her own eventful past, for he has a rare treat in front of him.' Selina Hastings 'Sharp, amusing and well-written' Hugh Thomas, New Statesman 'Wholly if grittily, a Mitford book… the reader will be flung between delight and dismay as he reads on… To all those not averse to a little powdered glass in their Bombe Surprise: enjoy.' The Times 'Other members of the Mitford family do not have the monopoly of brilliant and amusing writing.' The Tatler 'She emerges among all else as feminine…' Mary Warnock, The Listener 'Animated and revealing.' Hibernia 'Witty and amusing.' Catholic Herald 'She was clearly a star.' Anne de Courcy in The Viceroy's Daughters The hilarious autobiography of the most glamorous of the Bright Young Things. Diana Mitford describes in the inimitable Mitford way how it came about that both Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler adored her, and Evelyn Waugh and Oswald Mosley fell in love with her.
. For as a family Diana and her sisters regard it as an essential politeness to present life, wherever possible, as delightful and amusing, and thus seeing the comic side constitutes a basic requirement of this courteous philosophy.