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Book Title: Highland Fling|
The author of the book: Nancy Mitford
Edition: Carroll & Graf Pub
Date of issue: 1931
ISBN 13: 9780881843903
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If I'd never read any of Nancy Mitford's other novels, then reading this, her first novel, wouldn't have encouraged me to do so. Not that it doesn't have its good points. For example, you can't fault Mitford for writing what she knew about; that is, the lifestyle of the English upper class and the goings on of Bright Young Things in the 1920s. And the novel has some genuinely funny moments, such as a description of proceedings in the House of Lords. But overall, the characters are superficial, the action dull and the writing pedestrian. It reads like a story written by an enthusiastic school girl with rather less writing talent that she thought she had. I finished it because that's what I do, but it was hard to whip up much interest in either the Bright Young Things or the Dull Old Things who populate the novel.
However, for all I'm underwhelmed by Mitford's first attempt at a novel, I'm glad that she continued to write. I very much enjoyed The Pursuit of Love when I read it a few months ago and I seem to recall reading and loving Love in a Cold Climate when I was in my teens. In any event, I plan to read more of her work and, at some point, a Mitford biography. This book, though, I won't be reading again.
That said, I may remember more about it than I really want to. A scene towards the end comes to mind in that regard. A trio of young men in disguise appear at the door of one of the main characters. They're going to see a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Why the disguise? As one of the young men says:It is one thing to see a Gilbert and Sullivan, and quite another to be seen at one. We have our unborn children to consider, not to mention our careers. The scene made me chuckle, but as I've generally enjoyed the G&S I've seen, I clearly would have been a failure as a 1920s Bright Young Thing.
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Read information about the authorNancy Mitford, CBE (28 November 1904, London – 30 June 1973, Versailles), styled The Hon. Nancy Mitford before her marriage and The Hon. Mrs Peter Rodd thereafter, was an English novelist and biographer, one of the Bright Young People on the London social scene in the inter-war years. She was born at 1 Graham Street (now Graham Place) in Belgravia, London, the eldest daughter of Lord Redesdale and was brought up at Asthall Manor in Oxfordshire. She was the eldest of the six controversial Mitford sisters.
She is best remembered for her series of novels about upper-class life in England and France, particularly the four published after 1945; but she also wrote four well-received, well-researched popular biographies (of Louis XIV, Madame de Pompadour, Voltaire, and Frederick the Great). She was one of the noted Mitford sisters and the first to publicise the extraordinary family life of her very English and very eccentric family, giving rise to a "Mitford industry" which continues.
Her Published Works:
Highland Fling (1931)
Christmas Pudding (1932)
Wigs on the Green (1935)
Pigeon Pie (1940)
The Pursuit of Love (1945)
Love in a Cold Climate (1949)
The Blessing (1951)
Don't Tell Alfred (1960)
Madame de Pompadour (1954)
Voltaire in Love (1957)
The preface to Saint-Simon at Versailles by Lucy Norton (1958)
The Water Beetle (1962)
The Sun King (1966)
Frederick the Great (1970)
A Talent to Annoy; Essays, Journalism and Reviews 1929–1968 edited by Charlotte Mosley (1986)
Collections of Letters:
Love from Nancy: The Letters of Nancy Mitford edited by Charlotte Mosley (1993)
The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh edited by Charlotte Mosley (1996)
The Bookshop at 10 Curzon Street: Letters between Nancy Mitford and Heywood Hill 1952–73 edited by John Saumarez Smith (2004)
The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters edited by Charlotte Mosley (2007)
Works as Editor:
The Ladies of Alderley: Letters 1841–1850 (1938)
The Stanleys of Alderley: Their letters 1851–1865 (1939)
(Mitford edited these two volumes of letters, written by the family of her great-grandparents, Edward Stanley, 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley and his wife Henrietta Maria, daughter of the 13th Viscount Dillon).
Noblesse Oblige (1956)
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