Wait for Me!

Wait for Me! : Memoirs


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A "NEW YORK TIMES" EDITORS' CHOICEDeborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire, is the youngest of the famously witty brood that includes the writers Jessica and Nancy. "Wait for Me! "chronicles her remarkable life, from an eccentric but happy childhood roaming the Oxfordshire countryside, to tea with her sister Unity and Adolf Hitler in 1937, to her marriage to Andrew Cavendish, the second son of the Duke of Devonshire. Written with intense warmth, charm, and perception, "Wait for Me!" is a unique portrait of an age of tumult, splendor, and change. "Touching . . . moving . . . [and] compelling as a portrait of a vanishing world" ("The Wall Street Journal").

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 25.4mm | 90.72g
  • 13 Sep 2011
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York
  • English
  • 0312610645
  • 9780312610647
  • 120,672

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Deborah Vivien Freeman-Mitford Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, was brought up in Oxfordshire, England. In 1950 her husband, Andrew, the 11th Duke of Devonshire, inherited extensive estates in Yorkshire and Ireland as well as Chatsworth, the family seat in Derbyshire, and Deborah became chatelaine of one of England's great houses. She is the author of "Counting My Chickens" and "Home to Roost," among other books, and her letters have been collected in The "Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters" and "In Tearing Haste: The Correspondence of the Duchess of Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor." Following her husband's death in 2004, she moved to a village on the Chatsworth estate.

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[Debo] is in possession of what I can only describe as a uniquely Mitford-esque sensibility: loving but unsentimental . . . able to find the ridiculous in almost anything.--Rachel Cooke "The Observer (London) "

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