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In Tearing Haste

In Tearing Haste [Kindle Edition]

Deborah Devonshire , Patrick Leigh Fermor
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'Packed with gossip, creaky jokes and gadding about...all but the most inverted of snobs will enjoy a cheery time in these pages' (The Independent, Christopher Hirst)

'Highly engaging exchanges of mutual joie de vivre' (The Times)

'Altogether delicious . . . Charlotte Mosley's editing of these letters is erudite, mischievous and unflawed' (Sunday Telegraph)

'Part of the charm of this impeccably edited correspondence is a sense of the lacrimae rerum, of a vanished world of high romance' (Daily Telegraph)

'This marvellous correspondence celebrates two of the most important things in the world, courage and friendship' (Spectator)

'Sparkling' (The Times)

'An impressive array of personalities and dramas' (Good Book Guide)

'Captivating collection ... Deborah's life [is] brilliantly encapsulated -and parodied- in her more succinct letters ... their exchanges achieve the goal of all good correspondents: to bring out the best in one another' (Anglo Hellenic Review)

'Last autumn's literary non-fiction hit' (Bookseller)

'Highly entertaining . . . as full of fizz and conviviality as a glass of champagne' (Metro)

'The effect is intensely touching' (The London Review of Books)

'Age never withers the mischievous, bantering pleasure of these letters' (Observer Review)

'Bursting with wit and conviviality' (The Observer)

'Highly full of fizz and conviviality as a glass of champagne' (Metro)

'The effect is intensely touching,' (The London Review of Books)

'Age never withers the mischievous, bantering pleasure of these letters,' (Observer Review)

'Celebrates everything positive about life and friendship' (Independent on Sunday)

'A feast for reading... An enchanting book' (Irish Examiner)

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The bestselling letters between Deborah Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1137 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (3 Nov 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,539 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
If you have read and loved Charlotte Mosley's wonderful Mitford Letters this will definitely not disappoint!!

Their writing styles, and indeed life styles are markedly different - Paddy's erudite, descriptive, precise and exuberant letters serve to remind us why he is often considered the greatest travel writer of our time. His wonderful descriptions of his adventures bring to life so many different places - from Devon to the Andes to Eastern Europe and back to Derbyshire. He tells stories about upsetting Somerset Maugham with his stammering jokes; about his feat of swimming across the Hellespont aged 69; about rounding up wild horses in Chagford; and about his time building his home Kardamyli with his wife Joan.

DD writes a shrewd description of life as a Duchess restoring Chatsworth. She never fails to raise a smile with her insightful and honest accounts of a whirlwind of social engagements with such a wide variety of well-known twentieth century figures. From Evelyn Waugh, whom on one occasion sends the famously self-professed illiterate DD a proof of his new book, The Life of Robert Knox with the inscription "You won't find a word in this to offend your Protestant sympathies" - the pages were in fact completely blank. She describes he friendship with "The Loved One" (John F Kennedy) and dinners with the characterful Bohemian Iris Tree. Intimate encounters with the Royal Family - including one such "cotton dress" chance meeting with The Queen Mother - who Debo famously refers to as 'Cake' - at the Tate Gallery. Interspersed with these engagements she writes to Paddy with stories of her family - Andrew and her three children and certainly her Sisters and of course, she details her incredible renovation of the beautiful Chatsworth House.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another delight 8 Sep 2010
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I am steadily working my way through all the volumes of the Mitford letters after having devoured Letters Between Six Sisters last year. Deborah is probably my favourite correspondent of all the Mitfords. Her sense of humour is wonderfully dry and her refusal to be intimidated by her intellectual sisters or her aristocratic peers is a breath of fresh air. Her short, witty epistles make a lovely contrast to the letters of Leigh Fermor who writes elegant, beautiful letters about his travels and acquaintances that are perfectly evocative of time and place. I have never read any Patrick Leigh Fermor, but on the strength of these glimpses into his remarkable life I will be hunting out his travel books and indulging myself further.

There are hundreds of lovely gems in this book but the two that stand out for me are Deborah waxing lyrical about the humble gooseberry and finding a wonderful quotation about them being the 'perfect ambulant fruit', and Leigh Fermor recounting his experience of swimming the Hellespont in his seventies. It really is a wonderful book.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Elspeth
The amusing surviving Mitford sister recounts her day to day life against Paddy Leigh Fermor' scholarly & sometime military mind. The result is entertainment of the best. Having read the book thro' it then becomes a joy to dip in & out.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars attraction of opposites 6 Aug 2009
A cheerful correspondence over many years between 2 very different characters. Devonshire, unintellectual countrywoman (hardly ever reads a book)but inheritor of Mitford wit. Leigh Fermor, highly intelligent, manically active, immersed in history and arcane knowledge. Their high society circles of acquaintance largely overlap and they both know most of the Establishment luminaries. Sometimes the "luvvies" gossip is off-putting but they are both such lively, active people that their letters are a joy.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlotte Mosley has hit Mitford pay dirt again! 19 Oct 2008
By Geoffrey Woollard VINE VOICE
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I gave a golden glowing review of "Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters," and, using gold-mining metaphors, Charlotte Mosley (married to a 'Mitford' nephew) has tapped the precious Mitford treasure pit again with "In Tearing Haste," a compilation of splendid letters exchanged over many years by her aunt-by-marriage, Deborah (Duchess of) Devonshire (née Mitford), and her fine and faithful friend, the writer and World War II hero, Patrick (Paddy) Leigh Fermor. (The relationship is supposed to have been platonic, but I really don't give a damn if it has been more, as it was and is most clearly a closely intimate and loving one).

I don't know how many people write 'proper' letters these days, and I have no idea how many such people also retain their correspondence, but it is evident that Mrs Mosley has hit pay dirt in a big way with her editing of 'Mitford' family letters, and she does it with panache and knowledgeable and loving skill, for her selections are superb and her notes are almost as entertaining and informative as the letters themselves. The latest work is well up with the earlier.

But no editor can hit pay dirt without the auriferous ore being present, and the letters themselves are pure gold. Those from 'Darling Paddy' are longer, more descriptive and better written, coming as they did from an extraordinarily good writer in his own right, but those from 'Darling Debo' are both lovely and loving - and amazing, too, coming as they did from a lady who claims never to have read a book (I don't believe a word of it!).

The two writers struck chords (I'm changing metaphors now) with each other for fifty-plus years and I doubt that we shall see, hear or be permitted to read the like again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars super book and service
super book. sent immediately in excellent condition. enjoyed enormously, thank you
Published 1 month ago by Ginny Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Couldn't book this book down. What incredible lives!
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Sheila F. Clarkson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful book; such lively and fascinating letters. Absolutely loved it. and thoroughly recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by c manners
3.0 out of 5 stars many beautiful passages, great gift for descriptive prose
Enjoying, still reading, many beautiful passages, great gift for descriptive prose. Thanks
Published 2 months ago by Brenda Wilks
4.0 out of 5 stars do get extraordinarily tedious and, frankly
It's a shame there are not more of Deborah Devonshire's letters (which I presume is only because they simply don't exist, not having been retained by the recipients) and some of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Graham James
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Published 4 months ago by Hen Pecked
5.0 out of 5 stars Darling Debo, Dear Paddy...
Two very different people, united by a rich panorama of well-connected and socialite friends, the Duches of Devonshire all Chatsworth, the estate, farming and those amazing... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sam Mullins
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining
I loved this book and only wish I could write such good letters! If there is a complaint at all it is that there are si few letters from the Duchess but this is a small niggle.
Published 11 months ago by H Pihlakas
5.0 out of 5 stars A book like no other
Over half a century in the lives of two marvellously remarkable people in easy correspondence - his descriptions of flora and landscapes probably the best I have ever read - more... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Maria Wojnarowska
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