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- Publisher: Gibson Square Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 22mm | 181g
- Publication date: 1 December 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1906142572
- ISBN 13: 9781906142575
- Sales rank: 108,219
What was Nancy Mitford's wicked sense of humour really like? The writer and poet Harold Acton was - like Nancy Mitford herself - one of the Bright Young Things and a life-long close friend with whom she stayed in touch from Paris and London. From the letters and materials she had been gathering for her autobiography, Acton draws an irresistibly sparkling portrait of the author of "Love in a Cold Climate" and "The Pursuit of Love", who was so unhappy in love herself. Full of her waspish wit, gossip, and the drops of acid she liked to pour on the pretensions of her time, he paints a fresh portrait that is unlikely to be surpassed.
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Harold Acton was one of the bright young things (Evelyn Waugh based one of his most loved characters on him) who was one of Nancy Mitford's closest friends. Diana Mitford was Nancy Mitford's sister and a friend of Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill.
The autobiography Nancy Mitford intended to write herself.' Daily Mail " 'A hotline to Nancy Mitford.' Deborah Moggach " Foreword by Diana Mosley " 'Weep with laughter.' India Knight, London Review of Books