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Home To Roost and Other Peckings

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Second volume of the occasional writings of Deborah Devonshire (aka Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire). Foreword by Alan Bennett.
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published 2009 by John Murray
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Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
While Deborah has always been considered the horse and hounds sister of the Mitfords, but involving chickens, I think that she has a secret... that despite her protestations ("[m]y father would not have wasted time reading - a trait I have inherited from him") that she is actually quite well read and loves to write. Despite Home to Roost being a very slim volume, it clearly shows that the writer is well educated, a fact we know is not due to her upbringing, and adept at pulling out the right lit ...more
Sep 20, 2016 Elaine rated it really liked it
I love this family, and now they are all gone. What quirky lives they led. Deborah wrote with such understanding and humor.
Jul 08, 2012 Julie rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the first book I read by Deborah Devonshire, “wait for me “and looked forward to reading more of her book She is the Duchess of Devonshire and was once the guardian of Chatsworth house, she is also the youngest of the famous Mitford sisters, unfortunately I was disappointed with this one it contained many anecdotes which I had read before and I found that some of the articles seemed to be written just to fill a space. Her attitude also seemed to be a bit more snobbish than I had ...more
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Dec 09, 2009 Adela Dubra rated it liked it
I like the Mitford sisters. They are elegant and witty. Reading them is also a way to travel to another century.
Deborah is a "lovable" mitford (nancy was so mean! I learned that from their letters). The Duchess is so happy with her "long and spoilt life" as she wrote.
Nov 30, 2015 Jan rated it it was amazing
I loved this for so many reasons. I will be keeping this book to read again. A perspective on an era in England that is long over, but lives on in Deborah Devonshire's writings. I actually am fascinated by all the Mitford sisters' lives.
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Jan 05, 2011 martha Boyle rated it liked it
Slight but charming book of essays/thoughts by the youngest Mitford sister. Already have Wait For Me--and can't wait to start reading it.
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Deborah Vivien Freeman-Mitford Cavendish, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, who published under the name of Deborah Mitford, 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 ...more
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