- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; New Impression edition (29 April 1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140009841
- ISBN-13: 978-0140009842
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,099,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Love in a Cold Climate Paperback – 29 Apr 1976
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In one of the wittiest novels of them all, Nancy Mitford casts a finely gauged net to capture perfectly the foibles and fancies of the English upper class. Set in the privileged world of the county house party and the London season, the story of coldly beautiful Polly Hampton and her aristocratic parents is a comedy of English manners between the wars by one of the most individual, beguiling and creative users of the language.
About the Author
Nancy Mitford (1904-1973) was born in London, the eldest child of the second Baron Redesdale. Her childhood in a large remote country house with her five sisters and one brother is recounted in the early chapters of The Pursuit of Love (1945), which according to the author, is largely autobiographical.
After the war she moved, with her husband, to Paris where she lived for the rest of her life. She followed the success of The Pursuit of Love with Love in a Cold Climate (1949) The Blessing (1951) and Don't Tell Alfred (1960), published together in Penguin as The Nancy Mitford Omnibus. She also wrote four works of biography; Madame de Pompadour, first published to great acclaim in 1954, Voltaire in Love, The Sun King and Frederick the Great.
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When Polly makes a marriage which both shocks society and is totally against her mother's wishes, she is forced abroad. Fanny, now married to her beloved Alfred, an Oxford don, settles down to a life of comfortable domesticity. Yet, she still sees Lady Montdore, whose whole reason for living - to see her daughter advantageously married - has been taken from her. Suddenly, though, she finds a new lease of life with the arrival of the dreaded heir to Hampton...
This is, like all Nancy Mitford novels, uncompromising in its sharp and unsentimental humour. However, also like the best of her work, it is human and very moving. There are many types of love, but the best give people a reason for living and, in this novel, Mitford explores marriage, relationships and friendship with an unflinching honesty. Again, the Radlett family and Fanny's Uncle Davey, bring much of the humour to the pages, which is a joy to read.
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