The Horror of Love

The Horror of Love : Nancy Mitford and Gaston Palewski in Paris and London

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The compelling love story of two extraordinary individuals - Nancy Mitford and Free French commander Gaston Palewski - living in extraordinary times.'Oh, the horror of love!' Nancy Mitford once exclaimed. Elegant and intelligent, Nancy was a reknowned wit and a popular author. Yet this bright, waspish woman, capable of unerring emotional analysis in her work gave her heart to a well-known philanderer who went on to marry another woman. Was Nancy that unremarkable thing - a deluded lover - or was she a remarkable woman engaged in a sophisticated love affair? Gaston Palewski, was the Free French commander and one of the most influential politicians in post-war Europe. His and Nancy's mutual life was spent amongst the most exciting, powerful and controversial figures in the centre of reawakening Europe. She supported him throughout his tumultuous career and he inspired some of her best work, including The Pursuit of Love. Lisa Hilton's provocative book reveals how, with discipline, gentleness and a great deal of elegance, Nancy Mitford and Gaston Palewski achieved a very adult ideal.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 26mm | 200g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753827735
  • 9780753827734
  • 183,608

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Delectable * THE INDEPENDENT * It is true passion that this volume focuses on. * THIS ENGLAND * Makes for fascinating reading. * THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE * For those who like the work and life of Nancy Mitford this will also be a most useful and entertaining biography. * CONTEMPORARY REVIEW * Not a "Mitford book", says Hilton, but this nicely barbed reappraisal of Nancy's 30-year affair with politician and unlikely philanderer Palewski extrapolates heavily from her world and writings. * THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH SEVEN Magazine * An extraordinary, yet also typical, love affair told with sympathy and intelligence. * THE SUNDAY HERALD * Hilton has no truck with those who claim that Nancy died of a broken heart; her crisply written book is instead something of a manifesto for a more pragmatic, Gallic approach to human relations. -- Daisy Goodwin * THE SUNDAY TIMES * An excellent study of passion. -- William Leith * EVENING STANDARD *
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About Lisa Hilton

Lisa Hilton is the acclaimed author of The Real Queen of France: Athenais and Louis XIV, Mistress Peachum's Pleasure, Queens Consort: England's Medieval Queens and The Horror of Love. She is the author of two novels, the bestselling Wolves in Winter and The House with Blue Shutters, which was shortlisted in the UK for the Commonwealth Fiction prize. She was educated at Oxford University, and lives in central London.
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An excellent study of passion. William Leith EVENING STANDARD 20120614
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