Wait For Me! : Memoirs of the Youngest Mitford Sister Paperback
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).
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages, Illustrations, facsims., ports.
- Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
- Publication Date: 23/06/2011
- Category: Autobiography: general
- ISBN: 9781848541917
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Review by nicx27
Having visited Chatsworth many times over the years, this book held a particular interest for me. However, the bits regarding Chatsworth are only a small part of Deborah Devonshire's story. Having been born a Mitford gives her a wealth of interesting stories of childhood and early family memories, and then she moves seamlessly through her life, telling the reader about all the major events and twists and turns that have taken place.I found this to be a very readable memoir of a fascinating lady. I wasn't so bothered about hearing about all the people she had come into contact with, but I enjoyed her stories of her sisters, her mother and father, her marriage, and her time at Chatsworth, including the establishment of the Orangery shop, farm shop and restaurant.Recommended for an easy to read, friendly memoir.