Hons and Rebels

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Hons and Rebels
First edition
Author Jessica Mitford
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Autobiography
Publisher Gollancz
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 222
OCLC 37137955
Followed by The American Way of Death

Hons and Rebels is an autobiography by political activist Jessica Mitford, which describes her aristocratic childhood and the conflicts between her and her sisters Unity and Diana, who were ardent supporters of Nazism. Jessica was a supporter of Communism and eloped with her cousin, Esmond Romilly to fight with the Loyalists in the Spanish Civil War,[1] and Diana grew up to marry Sir Oswald Mosley, the leader of the British Union of Fascists. Unity befriended Nazi leader Hitler,[2] who praised her as an ideal of Aryan beauty.

Mitford recalls:

"In the windows, still to be seen, are swastikas carved into the glass with a diamond ring, and for every swastika a carefully delineated hammer and sickle. They were put there by my sister Unity and myself when we were children. Hanging on the walls are framed pictures and poems done by Unity when she was quite small—queer, imaginative, interesting work, some on a tiny scale of microscopic detail, some huge and magnificent. The Hons' Cupboard, where Debo and I spent much of our time, still has the same distinctive, stuffy smell and enchanting promise of complete privacy from the Grown-ups."[3]

Hons and Rebels was originally published in the United States under the title Daughters and Rebels.[4]

Mitford and Hons and Rebels are cited by J.K. Rowling and Christopher Hitchens as great influences.[5][6]


  1. ^ Boadilla by Esmond Romilly, The Clapton Press Limited, London, 2018 ISBN 978-1999654306
  2. ^ Eder, Richard (17 November 2006). "In a Lifetime of Letters, the Evolution of an Aristocrat". The New York Times. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  3. ^ "Excerpt: Hons and Rebels". NPR. 1 August 2005. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  4. ^ Hons and Rebels. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Harry and Me". The Scotsman. 9 November 2002. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Christopher Hitchens interviews Jessica Mitford (1988)" on YouTube

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