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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141043997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141043999
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
This humorous novel features some of the characters from The Pursuit of Love; most notably Fanny, friend of Linda Radlett and her family. In this book, Fanny recounts her friendship with Polly, the only and much beloved daughter of Lord and Lady Montdore. Sadly, as their only child is a girl, she cannot inherit their estate, which is entailed on the unknown Cedric Hampton, a distant relative from Nova Scotia.

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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More than a touch autobiographical, this is perhaps Nancy Mitford's most moving book. The writing is sublime, and the emotions completely heartfelt, especially the end of Linda's story.

Yes, the family is aristocratic, snobbish and enamoured of hunting, but they're also loving, witty and close ranks whenever anyone tries to prise them apart. Mitford is especially good at articulating the generation clash as she, her sisters, cousins and friends confront, side-step and sometimes overturn completely social conventions.

This is one of those books that you can return to again and again and it's still magical, moving and funny.
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I`ve loved this book for as long as I can remember, and was thrilled to find the Kindle edition. I am so disappointed; it`s littered with enormously distracting typographical errors and spelling mistakes. Obviously a rushed job, and as such, a complete waste of money.
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I really enjoyed this book. However, the kindle version is full of mistakes and inconsistencies which was very distracting and annoying.
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I have loved this hilarious book for 40 years and I looked forward to reading it on my new Kindle. What a disappointment to find Mitford's brilliant, precise prose has been filled with typos. It is unacceptable to pay £6.99 for such carelessness. I want my money back.
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By Susie B TOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 Mar. 2016
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Nancy Mitford's wonderfully enjoyable 'Love in a Cold Climate' is not (as I thought before I read the book) a sequel to 'The Pursuit of Love', but a story which runs almost parallel to it and one which has many of the same protagonists. However, we do meet some very interesting new characters in 'Love in a Cold Climate', namely the Hampton family, headed by Lord and Lady Montdore. Sadly, the Montdores lack a male heir and their large estate is entailed upon Cedric Hampton, a distant Canadian cousin, whom the Montdores have never met. They do, however, have a very beautiful daughter, Polly, but although Polly is exquisite to look at, she has very little appeal for the opposite sex, and her cold manner alienates most of the men she comes into contact with, which causes the snobbish and overbearing Lady Montdore a huge amount of anxiety and irritation. And Lady Montdore is made even more anxious when Polly reveals that the reason she is not interested in the young men her mother throws in her path, is because she has fallen in love with someone totally unacceptable to her family. Lady Montdore, furious with her daughter, cuts her off without a penny and instead turns her attentions to tracking down the heir to the Hampton fortune, Cedric. When the beautiful, golden-haired and effeminate Cedric Hampton arrives in England and literally throws himself at the Montdores' feet, Lord and Lady Montdore find their lives changing in more ways than one, but I shall leave the remainder of this story for prospective readers to discover for themselves.Read more ›
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By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Dec. 2015
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Although this book is one of a series of three I read it as a standalone and didn't think that this marred my enjoyment of the book in any way.

This book is narrated by Fanny who is a sort of poor relation of many of the titled and wealthy families. She gets invited to many parties and to stay at the houses but she looks at society with a cold eye as she relates the misadventures of Polly, the much loved daughter of a titled family, who makes an unfortunate marriage. The story is told in a series of incidents at houseparties and dinners as Fanny pursues her own life and marries Alfred the academic. You could think of this being just a shallow observational novel of life at the top in the 1920/30s but close reading will show that it is much more than that. The main characters in this book are self-absorbed in the extreme as well as having more than a few character flaws - there are instances of abandonment of children, sexual harassment, and marriages for reasons other than love.

You really can't read this novel without understanding the context and the personal circumstances of the writer. Nancy Mitford was very much part of this world and many of the characters in the book are apparently based on real people. This shows a lot when she talks about Fanny's time with the Radlett family who are apparently based on the Mitfords - the rather brittle and objective descriptions of characters elsewhere in the book are replaced with real warmth for people she obviously loved. Not knowing who people may have been based on didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book but I would have been interested to know.

The story is about real people who do believable and often self-destructive things. The tone of the book is rather objective and at times very sardonic.
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