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The Other Mitford: Pamela's Story by Diana Alexander (BA 1963)

23 August 2012

The story of Pamela Jackson, nee 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.

The story of Pamela Jackson, nee 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. Journalist Diana Alexander, who was her friend for many years, tells a captivating story which has never been told before, of 'Gentle Pamela' as her lifelong admirer John Betjeman described her.

The book is available to buy in September 2012, or you can pre-order it on Amazon and other major bookstores.