Monday, January 3, 2011

Heard about a Book...

I read an interesting review in The New York Times Sunday Book Review for Wait For Me! by Deborah Mitford—Deborah Vivien Freeman-Mitford Cavendish, known as Debo, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, the youngest (and last surviving) of the Mitford sisters, the six daughters of the eccentric Lord and Lady Redesdale. The NY times review was very interesting, so I downloaded a sample into my iPhone reader, and so far its holding my interest!

About the book:

Deborah Devonshire is a natural writer with a knack for the telling phrase and for hitting the nail on the head. She tells the story of her upbringing, lovingly and wittily describing her parents (so memorably fictionalised by her sister Nancy); she talks candidly about her brother and sisters, and their politics (while not being at all political herself), finally setting the record straight. Throughout the book she writes brilliantly about the country and her deep attachment to it and those who live and work in it. As Duchess of Devonshire, Debo played an active role in restoring and overseeing the day-to-day running of the family houses and gardens, and in developing commercial enterprises at Chatsworth. She tells poignantly of the deaths of three of her children, as well as her husband's battle with alcohol addiction.
Wait For Me! is enthralling and a total joy, full of the author's sympathetic wit (which she is not afraid to use on herself).