HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Nancy Mitford, born 28 November 1904
“To fall in love you have to be in the state of mind for it to take, like a disease.”
A friend once told me that you could tell a great deal about a person’s character by being informed which of the famous Mitford girls was their favourite! I’m not sure what it tells you about me, but Nancy is my favourite. She was the finest writer amongst them, and her humour was fabulous – satirical, biting and very very clever.
Her novels The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate are classics and I re-read them often. She was also a fine biographer and wrote lives of Madame de Pompadour, Voltaire and his mistress and the Sun King. However, I’m also fascinated by Nancy’s life and love her correspondence with Evelyn Waugh and other friends. I have visited gorgeous Asthall Manor, one of the Mitford family homes that inspired Alconleigh in her novels, and it was very special to see the Hons cupboard, the ballroom where her girls have their awkward ‘coming-out’ dances, and the stream where the chubb-fuddling takes place.
Nancy is huge fun. Celebrate her birthday by reading some of her writings, or about her life.
Nancy Mitford died on 30 June 1973 aged 68.
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