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Wait for Me! by Deborah Mitford
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Wait for Me, a Memoir by Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire.

Having just read Mary Lovell's "The Sisters", I found the first part of this repetitive with many of the same photos and stories. Lovell, however, is a much better writer. A good deal of this book is apparently based on her appointment books and diaries and seems like a recital of where she went, who she met, what she did, giving a detailed account of what it is like to be a duchess. She was a staunch Conservative and even demonstrated against the proposed ban on fox-hunting, Certainly she did a monumental job of saving Chatsworth , one of the stately homes of England. When her husband inherited it after World War II, they were faced with 80% taxes and resolved to keep it by turning over many of the works of art to the state, selling thousands of acres of property, and opening the home to the public and turning it into a thriving business. She certainly had an interesting life, traveling extensively and socializing with the rich and famous including the Kennedys and the Royal Family. And it wasn't all that easy - she also dealt with the death of three newborn babies and her husband's alcoholism. The appendices include her notes on President Kennedy's Inauguration, 1961 and his funeral in 1963. An interesting life and fairly well written.
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