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R bliss' Daily Mail Nancy Mitford 1904 1973 was born in London the eldest child of the second Baron Redesdale Her childhood in a large remote country house with her five sisters and one brother is recounted in the early chapters of The Pursuit of Love 1945 which according to the author is largely autobiographical Apart from being taught to ride and speak French Nancy Mitford always claimed she never received a proper education She started writing before her marriage in 1932 in order 'to relieve the boredom of the intervals between the recreations established by the social conventions of her world' and had written four novels including Wigs on the Green 1935 before the success Highland Fling 1931Read from 20072012 to 27072012 3 starsRead from 23112019 to 14122019 2 starsAs the name implies this is a romantic comedy of sorts Sally and Walter Monteath poor rich people go to Sally's aunt's castle instead of to Italy to serve as hosts for the hunting season and save some money in the process since Walter is hopelessly careless with money Because they'd be bored to death constantly surrounded by people from an older generation they invite a couple of friends Albert an artist who's been living in Paris for the last four years and Jane a young and pretty socialite Obviously the younger generation clashes with the older one and Mitford has a very keen eye and sharp prose to dissect these interactions She makes fun of everyone and the Scottish and when the younger generation talks about pacifism and war Mitford is really poignant And also pretty obviously Jane and Albert fall in love but this is only important insofar as it makes the plot advance The real substance is in Mitford's characterisation and opinions on art society money war etc But every character is a bit tiresome and ultimately the whole thing is very forgettable and inconseuential Not bad but far from essentialChristmas Pudding 1932Read from ? to 18012014 35 starsRead from 22022020 to 16032020 2 starsI guess this is another romantic comedy in a way except in this one it's difficult to care about the hero at all since we follow the anti hero for most of the novel Paul Fotheringay has just written a bestselling tragic novel that has been lauded by everyone as the most funny novel ever written In despair he sets out to write the biography of the Victorian poet Lady Maria Bobbin for which he needs access to her diaries When the current Lady of Compton Bobbin denies him that access he disguises himself as Paul Fisher a tutor to her son Bobby Bobbin Once there he falls in love with Bobby's sister Philadelphia But another man happens to want to marry her too and he is a Maruis The story is unexpected realistic and mercenary as are the characters in it It starts really strongly especially with the characterization of Paul Fotheringay as a misunderstood author which sounded like it could have been an exaggeration of Mitford herself The talent of Mitford is undeniable she is wry sarcastic and has the keenest eye when it comes to her social milieu This time around she makes fun of country nobility of hunting and Christmas traditions and she does it amazingly well But once the whole story is rather inconseuential unless you happen to be extremely invested in the vapid lives of the upper class during the 1920s and 1930s I'd have to agree with Mitford herself when she makes Amabelle and Bobby say Michael behaves like a very unconvincing character in a book not like a human being at all never really coming to life at all; but there are some fine descriptive passages of Berkshire scenery I really admire Mitford's flare with prose and her meta awareness but ultimately this was not a particularly good read either Wigs on the Green 1935Read from 23072014 to 31072014Pigeon Pie 1940The Pursuit of Love 1945Love in a Cold Climate 1949The Blessing 1951Don't Tell Alfred 1960 Midnight Temptations with a Forbidden Lord (Dangerous Rogues, years and Jane a Always and Forever (Blood Brothers MC young and pretty socialite Obviously the My Coyote Ugly Life (My Life, younger generation clashes with the older one and Mitford has a very keen eye and sharp prose to dissect these interactions She makes fun of everyone and the Scottish and when the Mayday (Lovestruck Librarians, younger generation talks about pacifism and war Mitford is really poignant And also pretty obviously Jane and Albert fall in love but this is only important insofar as it makes the plot advance The real substance is in Mitford's characterisation and opinions on art society money war etc But every character is a bit tiresome and ultimately the whole thing is very forgettable and inconseuential Not bad but far from essentialChristmas Pudding 1932Read from ? to 18012014 35 starsRead from 22022020 to 16032020 2 starsI guess this is another romantic comedy in a way except in this one it's difficult to care about the hero at all since we follow the anti hero for most of the novel Paul Fotheringay has just written a bestselling tragic novel that has been lauded by everyone as the most funny novel ever written In despair he sets out to write the biography of the Victorian poet Lady Maria Bobbin for which he needs access to her diaries When the current Lady of Compton Bobbin denies him that access he disguises himself as Paul Fisher a tutor to her son Bobby Bobbin Once there he falls in love with Bobby's sister Philadelphia But another man happens to want to marry her too and he is a Maruis The story is unexpected realistic and mercenary as are the characters in it It starts really strongly especially with the characterization of Paul Fotheringay as a misunderstood author which sounded like it could have been an exaggeration of Mitford herself The talent of Mitford is undeniable she is wry sarcastic and has the keenest eye when it comes to her social milieu This time around she makes fun of country nobility of hunting and Christmas traditions and she does it amazingly well But once the whole story is rather inconseuential unless Panic you happen to be extremely invested in the vapid lives of the upper class during the 1920s and 1930s I'd have to agree with Mitford herself when she makes Amabelle and Bobby say Michael behaves like a very unconvincing character in a book not like a human being at all never really coming to life at all; but there are some fine descriptive passages of Berkshire scenery I really admire Mitford's flare with prose and her meta awareness but ultimately this was not a particularly good read either Wigs on the Green 1935Read from 23072014 to 31072014Pigeon Pie 1940The Pursuit of Love 1945Love in a Cold Climate 1949The Blessing 1951Don't Tell Alfred 1960

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Of The Pursuit of Love in 1945 After the war she moved to Paris where she lived for the rest of her life She followed The Pursuit of Love with Love in a Cold Climate 1949 The Blessing 1951 and Don't Tell Alfred 1960 She also wrote four works of biography Madame de Pompadour first published to great acclaim in 1954 Voltaire in Love The Sun King and Frederick the Great As well as being a novelist and a biographer she also translated Madame de Lafayette's classic novel La Princesse de Clèves into English and edited Noblesse Oblige a collection of essays concerned with the behaviour of the English aristocracy and the idea of 'U' and 'non U' Nancy Mitford was awarded the CBE in 19 It took me a long time for me to read this because of personal circumstances There are eight novels within this one book pre war and post war I am not sure if the first four have relevance today the humour seems outdated and the romance silly However Nancy Mitford's most famous novels The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate are very charming and I enjoyed re reading them The Blessing was almost there but I found Don't Tell Alfred very boring in parts and rather struggled through it

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The Penguin Complete Novels of Nancy Mitford with an introduction by India Knight In print together for the first time in many years and here in one volume are all eight of Nancy Mitford's sparklingly astute hilarious and completely unputdownable novels with a new introduction by India Knight Published over a period of 30 years they provide a wonderful glimpse of the bright young things of the thirties forties fifties and sixties in the city and in the shires; firmly ensconced at home or making a go of it abroad; and what the upper classes really got up to in peace and in war 'Entirely original inimitable and irresistible' Spectator 'Deliciously funny' Evelyn Waugh 'Utter utte Nancy Mitford wrote eight novels in all; often split into her ‘pre war’ and ‘post war’ novels This collection contains them all Highland Fling 1931 Christmas Pudding 1932 Wigs On the Green 1935 Pigeon Pie 1940 The Pursuit of Love 1945 Love in a Cold Climate 1949 The Blessing 1951 and Don’t Tell Afred 1960 The pre and post war novels are very different and also both the first two novels and the final four although stand alone books share characters So it is nice to read them all in the order they were written inThe first two novels “Highland Fling” and “Christmas Pudding” are light hearted romantic comedies The first involves a house party and a generation clash between the older members and the ‘Bright Young Things’ Christmas Pudding sees author Paul Fotheringay staying undercover at the house of Lady Bobbin to write an unauthorised biography of one of her ancestors The third pre war novel is “Wigs on the Green” a satirical look of the rise of fascism in 1930’s Europe Of course Nancy Mitford was well placed to cast her sharp eye on events – her sister Diana was married to Oswald Mosley and her sister Unity infamously flirted with fascism This book was much edited but still caused a huge family rift and wisely Mitford left it out of print after the war – where it remained for over seventy five years It is interesting to read but her least successful novel in my opinion Pigeon Pie written during the early months of WWII sees her back on assured ground with a comedy in which Lady Sophia Garfield uncovers a nest of German spies Doubtless the war changed Mitford For one thing she fell desperately in love Her masterpiece The Pursuit of Love was published in 1945 and dedicated to her lover Gaston Palewski read The Horror of Love if you are interested in discovering This novel introduces Fanny who features in three of her last novels and is linked to characters in all four of her post war books The Pursuit of Love follows Fanny’s cousin Linda and her love affairs – including that of French aristocrat Fabrice Sauveterre Both this and the following Love in a Cold Climate are mature slightly darker and wonderfully written Love in a Cold Climate again features Fanny narrating – this time the central character is Polly Hampton as heiress who makes an unsuitable marriage The Blessing is of a stand alone although characters are linked to the previous two books We read of Grace daughter of Sir Conrad Allingham and her marriage to Charles Edouard de Valhubert a relative of Fabrice Sauveterre Son Sigi is ‘the Blessing’ of the title who uses his parents marital difficulties to his own advantage In the last novel Don’t Tell Alfred Fanny takes centre stage when husband Alfred becomes Ambassador to Paris This novel deals with the generation gap again as Fanny’s sons cause all kinds of problems for her with strange Teddy Boy clothes and bizarre tastes in philosophy and musicThese books really are a delight Although they are funny and charming and written with great humour they are never sentimental Mitford has a wicked often cruel sense of humour and a sharp and satirical eye She wrote of the world she knew in all its absurdity and was not afraid to lampoon herself friends and family Nobody should be a reader and not know Uncle Matt the Bolter and hypochondriac Davey If you are coming to these novels for the first time I envy you – utterly enjoyable and completely unforgettable


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  1. says:

    Nancy Mitford wrote eight novels in all; often split into her ‘pre war’ and ‘post war’ novels This collection contains them all Highland Fling 1931 Christmas Pudding 1932 Wigs On the Green 1935 Pigeon Pie 1940 The Pursuit of Love 1945 Love in a Cold Climate 1949 The Blessing 1951 and Don’t Tell Afred 1960 The pre and post war novels are very different and also both the first two novels and the final four although stand alone books share characters So it is nice to read them all in the order they were written inThe first two novels “Highland Fling” and “Christmas Pudding” are light hearted romantic comedies The first involves a house party and a generation clash between the older members and the ‘Bright Young Things’ Christmas Pudding sees author Paul Fotheringay staying undercover at the house of Lady Bobbin to write an unauthorised biography of one of her ancestors The third pre war novel is “Wigs on the Green” a satirical look of the rise of fascism in 1930’s Europe Of course Nancy Mitford was well placed to cast her sharp eye on events – her sister Diana was married to Oswald Mosley and her sister Unity infamously flirted with fascism This book was much edited but still caused a huge family rift and wisely Mitford left it out of print after the war – where it remained for over seventy five years It is interesting to read but her least successful novel in my opinion Pigeon Pie written during the early months of WWII sees her back on assured ground with a comedy in which Lady Sophia Garfield uncovers a nest of German spies Doubtless the war changed Mitford For one thing she fell desperately in love Her masterpiece The Pursuit of Love was published in 1945 and dedicated to her lover Gaston Palewski read The Horror of Love if you are interested in discovering This novel introduces Fanny who features in three of her last novels and is linked to characters in all four of her post war books The Pursuit of Love follows Fanny’s cousin Linda and her love affairs – including that of French aristocrat Fabrice Sauveterre Both this and the following Love in a Cold Climate are mature slightly darker and wonderfully written Love in a Cold Climate again features Fanny narrating – this time the central character is Polly Hampton as heiress who makes an unsuitable marriage The Blessing is of a stand alone although characters are linked to the previous two books We read of Grace daughter of Sir Conrad Allingham and her marriage to Charles Edouard de Valhubert a relative of Fabrice Sauveterre Son Sigi is ‘the Blessing’ of the title who uses his parents marital difficulties to his own advantage In the last novel Don’t Tell Alfred Fanny takes centre stage when husband Alfred becomes Ambassador to Paris This novel deals with the generation gap again as Fanny’s sons cause all kinds of problems for her with strange Teddy Boy clothes and bizarre tastes in philosophy and musicThese books really are a delight Although they are funny and charming and written with great humour they are never sentimental Mitford has a wicked often cruel sense of humour and a sharp and satirical eye She wrote of the world she knew in all its absurdity and was not afraid to lampoon herself friends and family Nobody should be a reader and not know Uncle Matt the Bolter and hypochondriac Davey If you are coming to these novels for the first time I envy you – utterly enjoyable and completely unforgettable


  2. says:

    Highland Fling 1931Read from 20072012 to 27072012 3 starsRead from 23112019 to 14122019 2 starsAs the name implies this is a romantic comedy of sorts Sally and Walter Monteath poor rich people go to Sally's aunt's castle instead of to Italy to serve as hosts for the hunting season and save some money in the process since Walter is hopelessly careless with money Because they'd be bored to death constantly surrounded by people from an older generation they invite a couple of friends Albert an artist who's been living in Paris for the last four years and Jane a young and pretty socialite Obviously the younger generation clashes with the older one and Mitford has a very keen eye and sharp prose to dissect these interactions She makes fun of everyone and the Scottish and when the younger generation talks about pacifism and war Mitford is really poignant And also pretty obviously Jane and Albert fall in love but this is only important insofar as it makes the plot advance The real substance is in Mitford's characterisation and opinions on art society money war etc But every character is a bit tiresome and ultimately the whole thing is very forgettable and inconseuential Not bad but far from essentialChristmas Pudding 1932Read from ? to 18012014 35 starsRead from 22022020 to 16032020 2 starsI guess this is another romantic comedy in a way except in this one it's difficult to care about the hero at all since we follow the anti hero for most of the novel Paul Fotheringay has just written a bestselling tragic novel that has been lauded by everyone as the most funny novel ever written In despair he sets out to write the biography of the Victorian poet Lady Maria Bobbin for which he needs access to her diaries When the current Lady of Compton Bobbin denies him that access he disguises himself as Paul Fisher a tutor to her son Bobby Bobbin Once there he falls in love with Bobby's sister Philadelphia But another man happens to want to marry her too and he is a Maruis The story is unexpected realistic and mercenary as are the characters in it It starts really strongly especially with the characterization of Paul Fotheringay as a misunderstood author which sounded like it could have been an exaggeration of Mitford herself The talent of Mitford is undeniable she is wry sarcastic and has the keenest eye when it comes to her social milieu This time around she makes fun of country nobility of hunting and Christmas traditions and she does it amazingly well But once the whole story is rather inconseuential unless you happen to be extremely invested in the vapid lives of the upper class during the 1920s and 1930s I'd have to agree with Mitford herself when she makes Amabelle and Bobby say Michael behaves like a very unconvincing character in a book not like a human being at all never really coming to life at all; but there are some fine descriptive passages of Berkshire scenery I really admire Mitford's flare with prose and her meta awareness but ultimately this was not a particularly good read either Wigs on the Green 1935Read from 23072014 to 31072014Pigeon Pie 1940The Pursuit of Love 1945Love in a Cold Climate 1949The Blessing 1951Don't Tell Alfred 1960


  3. says:

    It took me a long time for me to read this because of personal circumstances There are eight novels within this one book pre war and post war I am not sure if the first four have relevance today the humour seems outdated and the romance silly However Nancy Mitford's most famous novels The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate are very charming and I enjoyed re reading them The Blessing was almost there but I found Don't Tell Alfred very boring in parts and rather struggled through it


  4. says:

    Well This was interesting Jane Austen meets PGWodehouse Due to Ms Mitford writing on both sides of WWII there were some very unfortunate jokes about fascism which don't uite carry well to the post war world Some of the cheer in her writing took time to recover too and there are a couple of serious novels immediately after the war although there is always a humorous surprise at the end Like with Wodehouse marriage always seems the result of some ridiculous misunderstanding or misinformation and happiness in the matrimonial state is purely a matter of luckchance No doubt this is accurate so it's almost a shame so much time is wasted on courting nowadays when one could just dive in to provide a good laugh to spectatorsIt was a struggle to read through to whole tome in one go and I would recommend splitting the novels among other reading On the other hand it's fascinating to be able to follow the development of a writerLight funny reading with a sad cynical undertone


  5. says:

    I have read some of these novels before The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate They are based on a real life British family I also watched the PBS mini series many years ago It is easy to feel like you are a part of this family and that is why I read them again There were several children with a cantankerous father who would send a couple of children out and hunt them like a fox hunt He was or less oblivious to the social life a person of his status was supposed to lead but that led to his children being different than other They were very close and a cousin lived with them most of the time and she is the one telling the story Her mother dropped her off with other relatives as she pursued a cosmopolitan life on the continent There are good times and then the realities of adulthood EAch of the two novels were made into a mini series twice Here is a link to one


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