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The Pursuit of Love: With Love in a Cold Climate and The Blessing - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)Nancy Mitford (author)
Set amidst the snobbery and society of the interwar British aristocracy, The Pursuit of Love mines Nancy Mitford’s own larger-than-life experiences for an exquisitely funny comedy of manners and frothy coming-of-age tale.
One of the funniest, sharpest novels about love and growing up ever written, Nancy Mitford's classic is now a major BBC and Prime Video series directed by Emily Mortimer and starring Lily James, Andrew Scott and Dominic West
'Obsessed with sex!' said Jassy, 'there's nobody so obsessed as you, Linda. Why if I so much as look at a picture you say I'm a pygmalionist.'
Oh, the tedium of waiting to grow up!
Longing for love, obsessed with weddings and sex, Linda and her sisters and cousin Fanny are on the lookout for the perfect lover.But finding Mr Right is much harder than any of the sisters had thought.
Linda must suffer marriage first to a stuffy Tory MP and then to a handsome and humourless communist, before finding real love in war-torn Paris.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 351 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
A dazzling comic delight—Fiona Wilson, The Times, Saturday Review
The story's genius lies in its wicked humour, which remains relentlessly uplifting even as the Blitz begin to smash all the hopes of that pre-war arcadia—Olivia Laing, The Guardian
Too spiky and intelligent, I think, to qualify as an altogether cosy read [...] beneath the brittle surface of Mitford's wit there is something infinitely more melancholy at work - something that is apt to snag you and pull you into its dark undertow when you are least expecting it—Zoë Heller, The Telegraph
Nancy Mitford taught the wonderful truth that laughter can see you through the darkest hours of your life—Daily Mail
The Millennial faint-hearted will be appalled by Mitford's depiction of class and gender. But Mitford's triumph is that, as the Radletts live and laugh and cry, we [cry] with them—Julie Parsons, The Irish Times
In her novels Nancy mastered her life, making everyone who was different or difficult into figures of mirth, moving only among the aristocracy, and infusing the world with a spirit of lazy, delightful romance—Natasha Walter, The Independent
Utter, utter bliss—Daily Mail
A dazzling comic delight.
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Can't recommend this book highly enough. It's unputdownable!
“Better than the TV show”
I bought this after watching the adaptation on TV and it did not disappoint. This is the first Nancy Mitford novel I have read and it will not be the last. Recommended reading.
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