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Nancy Mitford: A Biography

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A biography that captures both the hilarity and pathos of an extraordinary woman and a remarkable life.

Nancy Mitford was witty, intelligent, often acerbic and an acute observer of upper-class English idiosyncrasies. With the publication of her novels The Pursuit of Love, Love in a Cold Climate and The Blessing, she became a huge bestseller and a household name. An invetera
Paperback, 256 pages
Published 1985 by Hamish Hamilton Ltd
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Feb 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a review of this biography on Amazon that said beware - if you read this book you will be bitten by the Mitford bug. well I suspect I was bitten by the Mitford bug some time ago. Although I have only fairly recently read In the Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, I read the wonderful biography The Mitford girls about 18 months ago - and got seriously hooked then.

This biography is very readable, often funny, and a must for any mitford fans. well written it is an affectionate but h
Shannon Vincent Nelson
I'm deep into "Mitford Mania" as I would call it, but Selina Hasting's biography of Nancy Mitford failed to live up to the previous biographies I've read about Nancy and the other sisters.

The biography is very well done in regards to going into detail about Nancy's life and the people surrounding it. I quite enjoyed learning more about Peter Rodd, Hamish Erskine, and the Coopers. However, I felt as though Nancy's charm didn't come through as well as it does in other biographies. She appears a bi
Mar 07, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For starters, this biography of one of the wittiest women of her generation doesn't contain a single funny line. Told largely through long quotations from Mitford's voluminous correspondence, the book oddly fails to illuminate the inner life of its subject. It's a very humdrum affair, taking you through the stages of Mitford's life and career without shedding any light on her complex relationships with her large cohort of sisters or her poor choice of male partners.
Janet Young
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed reading about the Mitford sisters, even though they seem to have lived in some parallel universe. Comedy and tragedy went closely together in the stratum of wealthy,witty and beautiful people.
Lukrezia Cosimo
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
The book covers familiar groung, but is both fun and very moving.
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved it, but I am currently obsessed with the Mitford sisters. And of all of them, Nancy is my favourite.
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it
had to pick this one up again to recall Nancy Mitford's life, friends, Mitford sisters' backstory; since just re-read LICC and POL, my favorites.
last read 5/08
Sep 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Worth reading for the Mitford obsessed.
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I simply adored it and adored her. Bless this great lady who's one of my favorite authors ever.
Dec 27, 2012
Not available as an ebook at any of my other libraries
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
This is Nancy through the eyes of Diana and Debo, and, while the sisters know her, one wonders how much they truly understand.
Paul French
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
An excellent bio of Nancy Mitford - Hastings is a fantastic biographer
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Selina Shirley Hastings (born 5 March 1945) is a British journalist who became an author and biographer.

The elder daughter of Francis, 16th Earl of Huntingdon, by his second marriage, Hastings was educated at St. Hugh's College, Oxford, where she took an MA degree.

Hastings has written books including Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady (1985), Nancy Mitford (1986), The Singing Ringing Tree (1988), The
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