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Nancy Mitford
  • Published: 7 June 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099429555
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $27.99

Nancy Mitford



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

Nancy Mitford was witty, intelligent, often acerbic, a great tease and an acute observer of upper-class English idiosyncrasies. With the publication of her novels, above all The Pursuit of Love, Love in a Cold Climate and The Blessing, she became a huge bestseller and a household name.

An inspired letter writer, she wrote almost daily to a wide variety of correspondents, among them Evelyn Waugh, Harold Action, John Betjeman, Lord Berners, Lady Seafield, and, of course, her sisters.

Selina Hastings captures equally the gaiety and frivolity and the unhappy truth of Nancy Mitford's life: her failed marriage and her long, unfulfilled relationship with 'the Colonel' contrasting sharply with literary celebrity and glittering social success. Selina Hastings has written a biography that is superbly entertaining and clear-eyed, of a life that Diana Mosley spoke of as being 'so sad one can hardly bear to contemplate it'.

  • Published: 7 June 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099429555
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $27.99

About the author

Selina Hastings

Selina Hastings is a writer and journalist, biographer of Somerset Maugham, Evelyn Waugh, Nancy Mitford and Rosamund Lehmann and, in The Red Earl, of her father.

She is the winner of the Marsh Biography Prize, the Spear's Award for Outstanding Achievement and the Biographers' Club Lifetime Services to Biography Award.

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Praise for Nancy Mitford

Selina Hastings has written a book which Nancy Mitford would have been proud to write herself

A.N. Wilson

Very perceptive and often very funny

Peter Ackroyd

Absorbing and vividly written

Catholic Herald

An impeccable biography

Literary Review

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