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Friday, December 17, 2010

Treasures of the bedside Lilliput – part 1 (Nancy Mitford’s Christmas)

Regular readers may remember that although I am not a worshipper, I am definitely an admirer at the book shelf of the legendary Nancy Mitford. I think that she is funny, and it is as simple as that. So, I was thrilled to settle down with my Bedside Lilliput and discover that a short and festive tale from the comic Nancy was first behind the cover.

This short story is called Aunt Melita’s Christmas Party and it is classic Mitford – all dysfunctional families and acerbic comments. Aunt Melita likes to think of herself as the Queen Bee of her family Christmastide and although they don’t declare themselves to be willing, they all seem to comply. Even her husband, who is nobody’s idea of a natural Father Christmas. It captures beautifully how we all end up doing things at Christmas without being at all sure why.

6 comments:

  1. I'd so enjoyed reading Truman Capote's Christmas Memory this year I'd wondered what I might read next year and I think this could be just perfect.

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  2. I hope to order this on amazon as soon as I possibly can!

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  3. I am about to read 'Wigs on the Green'. The Mitford's, Nancy especially, intrigue me. I must order this one, too.

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  4. I just made a trek to Swinbrook in the Cotswolds to see Old Nancy's grave. Just as good as seeing where she lived on Rue Monsiuer in Paris. Must order a copy pronto.

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  5. I'd like to say I'm just an admirer but am, in fact, a worshiper...I've just finished Harold Acton's homage to her.

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  6. Sounds great. I too am an admirer of Ms Mitford.

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