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Wait For Me : Memoirs of the Youngest Mitford Sister by Deborah Devonshire
  

Wait For Me : Memoirs of the Youngest Mitford Sister

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Shortlisted for the Galaxy Biography of the Year 2010.

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). The Duchess of 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 Mitford); 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, Deborah 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.

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Wait For Me : Memoirs of the Youngest Mitford Sister by Deborah Devonshire

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).

Reviews

'A touching, funny memorial to a vanished age'
Stephen Moss, Guardian

'I was captivated ... unputdownable'
Bel Mooney, Daily Mail

'The Duchess is an exhilarating writer, with a great gift for storytelling, and a prose style of elegant simplicity'
Jane Shilling, Evening Standard

'Wait For Me! proves irresistible, even for die-hard Mitphobes like me'
Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

'Funny and sad, the irresistible combination that is one of the secrets of charm'
Daily Telegraph

'She [Debo] is in possession of what I can only describe as a uniquely Mitford-esque sensibility; loving but unsentimental; devoid of self-pity; unwilling to bore others with her own travails; able to find the ridiculous in almost anything ... these qualities - disarmingly rare in Oprahworld - are , to me, indisputably admirable'
Observer

'An entertaining, lively portrait'
Scotsman

About the Author

Deborah Devonshire

The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire was brought up in Oxfordshire with spells in London. In 1950, her husband, Andrew, the 11th Duke of Devonshire, inherited estates in Yorkshire and as well as Chatsworth, the family seat in Derbyshire, and Deborah became chatelaine and housekeeper of one of England's greatest and best-loved houses. Following her husband`s death in 2004, she moved to a village on the Chatsworth estate where she now lives.

Author photo © Bridget Flemming

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Book Info

Publication date

9th September 2010

Author

Deborah Devonshire

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Publisher

John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray General Publishing Division

Format

Hardback

Categories

Biography / Autobiography


ISBN

9781848541900

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