Wednesday, 17 November 2010

How did I miss this?

As I don't currently have an audio book for the car/kitchen (recommendations welcome) I've been catching up on podcasts I missed over the summer. I just listened to episode #93 of Books on the Nightstand, which I highly recommend, and Ann mentioned that Nancy's Mitford's Wigs on the Green as been re-issued.

How did I miss this????

I would blame NaNoWriMo but it came out in September.

I adore Nancy Mitford. The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate are two of my very favourite books. I've re-read them countless times and I just love them to pieces.

So I'm mystified that I missed this re-issuing, and thank you Ann for mentioning it. I've never read Wigs on the Green so I can't recommend it yet. It may be another The Pursuit of Love or it may be a Don't Tell Alfred (Nancy not at her best).

I do recommend that you buy the The Pursuit of Love though. It follows the fortunes of the wonderful Radlett family  who are "always either on a peak of happiness or drowning in black waters of despair they loved or they loathed, they lived in a world of superlatives" The Radletts are based loosely, or maybe not so loosely on Nancy's family.

Here's it's nice new cover

Here's my edition. I think this looks very like Linda!

And here's the old Penguin cover that I rather like.

Any favourites and any other Nancy fans out there?


  1. Oh my God, this is the first I'm hearing of this! I can't believe that, simply cannot believe it. I haven't read Wigs on the Green before, because of the not-in-print issue. I agree Don't Tell Alfred isn't her best--I have this theory that, like her BFF Evelyn Waugh, Nancy sort of soured in the fifties. Don't Tell Alfred, even though it featured some Radletts/Radlett offspring and (I think) Davey, is so...cynical. Anyway, thanks for the heads up!

  2. i've never even heard of nancy! have added her to my must acquire asap list - looked up the synopsis and it sounds brilliant!

    thanks :)


  3. You're welcome! Yes Davey is not as Davey like and also the girl is no Linda :)

    Nomes - Yay! A convert. I do hope you enjoy them. And you should check out the Mitfords Letter between sister too, very fascinating.


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