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stainesmassif Tue 09-Nov-10 10:24:44

Has anyone read Highland Fling, Wigs on the Green or The Blessing? am looking for a birthday present, have read Love in a Cold Climate, Pursuit of Love and Don't tell Alfred. How do the first 3 compare?

stainesmassif Tue 09-Nov-10 11:00:24

anyone?

Portofino Tue 09-Nov-10 11:12:49

I've read The Blessing and enjoyed it very much.

stainesmassif Tue 09-Nov-10 11:15:40

same family? or completely different story?

cockles Tue 09-Nov-10 11:17:11

Blessing is different family but same genre and they turn up later in Dont tell Alfred.

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Tue 09-Nov-10 18:24:42

I love Nancy Mitford so much. Cannot help you have only read LICC / POL and The Blessing in descending order of greatness.

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Tue 09-Nov-10 18:25:50

Sorry - saw you have not read The Blessing. In which case do.

onimolap Tue 09-Nov-10 18:28:26

I've read Highland Fling; liked it, but not as much as the main Fanny books and The Blessing. I thought those 4 were all just fabulous.

SuePurblybilt Tue 09-Nov-10 18:28:52

The Blessing is good, haven't found the other two yet.

stainesmassif Tue 09-Nov-10 19:56:01

Oh bother. I've ordered highland fling and wigs on the green. I should've bought them for myself and sent my friend the fanny books. And now I want the blessing!

anonymousbird Tue 09-Nov-10 20:08:48

Are they good? have never read one, I think I need to give Nancy a go!

What is the best one to start off with for a Nancy Newbie?
(Apols for hijack, but this is one of those things I have been meaning to do for ages.....)

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Tue 09-Nov-10 21:04:05

Love in a Cold Climate is the best one to start off with.

RosieMBanks Tue 09-Nov-10 22:40:04

I have read most of NM's books, and 'The Blessing' is one of my favourites - some wonderful characters and it is very funny.
The earlier books are worth reading, but I agree with onimolap re the four best books - 'The Pursuit of Love', 'Love in A Cold Climate', 'Don't Tell Alfred' and 'The Blessing'. Anonymousbird, if you like the novels you might end up on a long reading journey....after Nancy's novels, there is all her non-fiction, then you have everything Jessica Mitford wrote including the wonderful 'Hons and Rebels',and all the various Mitford collected letters, biographies and autobiographies, including Deborah Devonshire's books...I have several shelves filled with Mitford books! I envy you having them all to discover! smile

onimolap Tue 09-Nov-10 22:48:03

There's also Pigeon Pie ( which sort of goes with Highland Fling). Again, I liked it but not as much as the Fanny books.

stainesmassif Tue 09-Nov-10 22:51:09

I didn't get on with the collected letters, but that may be the fault of my baby brain. However I did go on to read the biography of 'the bolter'. Vg.

onimolap Tue 09-Nov-10 23:06:41

There's also Pigeon Pie ( which sort of goes with Highland Fling). Again, I liked it but not as much as the Fanny books.

corygal Thu 11-Nov-10 13:44:05

The Blessing is a superb - and oddly modern -tale of a manipulative child who tries to keep his split parents split - for the presents and social benefits. Don't Tell Alfred is quite funny too, but neither is a patch on the Fanny books.

However, they're both still Nancy, albeit a but watered down.

BUT if you want Mitford that's as good as her best fiction, read The Sun King and Madame de Pompadour, her history books.

stainesmassif Thu 11-Nov-10 20:08:59

corygal - that's what i like about her, i find so much of her writing a mix of modern and a glimpse into the past. and so funny, obvs.

smallwhitecat Sat 13-Nov-10 18:13:03

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maandpa Sun 14-Nov-10 10:47:40

They are very good!!!!

RosieMBanks Sun 14-Nov-10 22:20:03

I found this archive recording of Nancy Mitford talking on a BBC programme, and was fascinated to hear her speak. link

smallwhitecat Sun 14-Nov-10 22:23:13

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maandpa Mon 15-Nov-10 19:34:47

Thank you for the link. I listened to her, and yes it is fascinating to hear her talk. I'm crossing my fingers that someone will give me the book of letters between her and Evelyn Waugh, another of my favourite authors!

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