Author(s): Harold Acton
Nancy Mitford was witty, intelligent, often acerbic, a great tease and an acute observer of upper-class British idiosyncrasies. With the publication of "The Pursuit of Love" and "Love in a Cold Climate" (advised by Evelyn Waugh), she became a huge bestselling author and has remained a household name ever since. A few years before she died, she had started to collect material and letters to use for an autobiography. Her devastating illness prevented her from writing this memoir, but in 1974 Harold Acton, her close friend, completed her project on the basis of what she had collected in a work that is a witty tribute to her larger-than-life personality.
'It makes you weep with laughter' India Knight, LRB 'The quotations... make Acton's book such a joy' Miranda Seymour, TLS 'The memoirs she had planned to write' Daily Mail 'The essential Nancy' Diana Mosley 'A hotline to Nancy Mitford', Deborah Moggach
Like many of Nancy Mitford's friends, Harold Acton was part of the Brideshead generation. Independently wealthy with La Pietra, a huge estate in Florence, his brilliant narrative writing made him one of Britain's most-loved writers.