26 August 2018 Susannah

Companion Guide – Nancy Mitford & ‘Love in a Cold Climate’

Nancy Mitford Love in a Cold Climate

Come with me to Mitford-land and the amusing, entertaining and madly eccentric world of Love in a Cold Climate. There you will find many weird and wonderful ways of loving, you will experience country house parties, learn about snobbery, and revel in gossipy and often bitchy conversations about a memorable, but rarely likeable, collection of people.

I am a huge Mitford fan – their lives, their novels, their letters, all fascinate me. Nancy’s wry, acerbic novels, Jessica’s memoir of their childhood, Debo’s books about Chatsworth and Diana’s autobiography – they are all so wonderfully eccentric and funny. A friend once told me that you could tell everything you needed to know about someone by asking them which Mitford sister was their favourite. I will confess here that mine is Nancy because she was the finest writer of the six sisters – make of that piece of information what you choose.

I find that whenever I give talks about the Mitford Girls, I am not alone in my fascination. The Mitfords continue to draw audiences and readers and to give delight through their extraordinary lives and their hilarious books. I hope you will be one of those who shares my delight in the Mitfords.

There are so many fabulous books about the Mitfords to read – Mary S. Lovell’s excellent The Mitford Girls, Laura Thompson’s Take Six Girls and the various published volumes of letters written by and to Nancy and Debo, such as In Tearing Haste: Letters Between Deborah Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor. Learn more about Nancy’s life and loves, the film versions made of The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, and enjoy questions for discussion and food for thought about debutantes, dances and dalliances.

Nancy Mitford Love in a Cold Climate


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Here are some convenient links for Nancy Mitford & Love in a Cold Climate.

   Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
    Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford, 1980 Thames TV Series adaptation

   Nancy Mitford: A Memoir by Harold Acton
   Nancy Mitford: A Biography by Selina Hastings
   The Mitford Girls by Mary S. Lovell
   Take Six Girls: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters by Laura Thompson
   The Horror of Love: Nancy Mitford and Gaston Palewski in Paris and London by Lisa Hilton
   A Bookseller’s Way by George Haywood Hill, Anne Hill and Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy
   1939: The Last Season by Anne de Courcy
   The Bolter by Frances Osborne

  Susannah Fullerton: The Mitford Sisters
  Susannah Fullerton: HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Nancy Mitford, born 28 November 1904

  Nancy Mitford

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Comments (2)

  1. Alexandra (Lexie)Young

    Hi Susannah,
    I loved those books, “Love in a cold Climate”. and “the Pursuit of Love” joyous. I must read again as you encourage, re read these wonderful novels.
    I noticed you had a Pamela Hansford Johnson in your list.
    I read most of her books years ago when I lived in London. I would go to the local library where they had a collection of her books. I just loved them and I also loved her husbands books C.P Snow.
    I was a nurse and when I worked at the Brompton hospital in London she was a patient there.
    I was only young and wanted to ask her about one of her books and how it ended but I was a bit shy of “Lady Snow”.

    • Susannah Fullerton

      Wow, you met Pamela Hansford Johnson! How amazing. That also makes you only one remove from Dylan Thomas. I have read no CP Snow, so you have reminded me that I must remedy that lack.Do re-read Nancy Mitford’s books – they are well worth it.

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