'My father would not have wasted time reading - a trait I have inherited from him.' The unmistakeable voice of Deborah Devonshire, the youngest of the Mitford sisters, rings out of this second volume of her occasional writings. As broad and eclectic as her long and eventful life, the pieces range from a ringside view of John F.
Kennedy's inauguration and funeral, a valedictory for her local post office, the 1938 London season, Christmas at Chatsworth and the hazards of shopping for clothes when your eyesight is failing. Affectionate, shrewd and uproariously funny, her no-nonsense, bang-on-the-nail observations are as good as any antidepressant.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 176 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 14/05/2009
- Category: Literary essays
- ISBN: 9781848541894
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Review by devenish
This delightful book of odds and ends (or peckings as she would have it) is the second offering by Deborah Devonshire. The dowager Duchess of Devonshire,the youngest of the Mitford sisters is a witty and entertaining writer. Most of these short pieces are very funny and the few that are not (such as a couple about President Kennedy) give an interesting inside view of world events of the time. However it is in the shorter and more parochial essays that the Duchess really shines. The description of 'The Farmer's Club Dinner' , the chapter on 'Writing A Book' and the short ,'Buying Clothes' are just brilliant.As extra treats the reader is given an introduction by Alan Bennett and some drawings that fit the text so well,by Will Topley.