Wait For Me!: Memoirs Of The Youngest Mitford Sister

Wait For Me!: Memoirs Of The Youngest Mitford Sister Deborah Mitford
  • Title: Wait For Me!: Memoirs Of The Youngest Mitford Sister
  • Author: Deborah Mitford
  • ISBN: 9781848541900
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Wait For Me!: Memoirs Of The Youngest Mitford Sister Deborah Mitford Wait For Me Memoirs Of The Youngest Mitford Sister Deborah Devonshire is a natural writer with a knack for the telling phrase and for hitting the nail on the head She tells the story of her upbringing lovingly and wittily describing her parents so me
    Deborah Devonshire is a natural writer with a knack for the telling phrase and for hitting the nail on the head She tells the story of her upbringing, lovingly and wittily describing her parents so memorably fictionalised by her sister Nancy she talks candidly about her brother and sisters, and their politics while not being at all political herself , finally settingDeborah Devonshire is a natural writer with a knack for the telling phrase and for hitting the nail on the head She tells the story of her upbringing, lovingly and wittily describing her parents so memorably fictionalised by her sister Nancy she talks candidly about her brother and sisters, and their politics while not being at all political herself , finally setting the record straight Throughout the book she writes brilliantly about the country and her deep attachment to it and those who live and work in it As Duchess of Devonshire, Debo played an active role in restoring and overseeing the day to day running of the family houses and gardens, and in developing commercial enterprises at Chatsworth She tells poignantly of the deaths of three of her children, as well as her husband s battle with alcohol addiction Wait For Me is enthralling and a total joy, full of the author s sympathetic wit which she is not afraid to use on herself.
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    About Deborah Mitford


    1. Deborah Vivien Freeman Mitford Cavendish, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, who published under the name of Deborah Mitford, was brought up in Oxfordshire, England In 1950 her husband, Andrew, the 11th Duke of Devonshire, inherited extensive estates in Yorkshire and Ireland as well as Chatsworth, the family seat in Derbyshire, and Deborah became chatelaine of one of England s great houses She is the author of All in One Basket, Wait for Me , Counting My Chickens and Home to Roost, among other books, and her letters have been collected in The Mitfords Letters Between Six Sisters and In Tearing Haste The Correspondence of the Duchess of Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor Following her husband s death in 2004, she moved to a village on the Chatsworth estate.Note The author s name on her books varies from Duchess of Devonshire most common , to Deborah Devonshire, Deborah Cavendish and Deborah Mitford.


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    1. I bought Deborah Mitford s I refuse to call her Debo Just try and make me memoir Wait for me for my twin sister as a Christmas present I tried not to get her something that I wanted to read and she had little interest in Because I would never do something like that If my twin was Deborah Mitford I refuse to call her Laur for this review she could write a memoir that goes like this Mariel was always kind to use her interesting taste to push me into reading books that I would otherwise not give a [...]

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    2. What an advantage for an author of autobiographer to outlive most of the other people in one s life so that one may be perfectly honest about one s opinions of them This is the case with Deborah Mitford actually Deborah Cavendish in this slightly unfocused memoir No feelings are hurt when she points out that Evelyn Waugh was very witty when sober but he was sober for such a short time and the rest of the evening he was miserably insulting And she can be honest about her father s having left her [...]

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    3. I ll read anything related to the Mitfords but there s no getting around it Deborah doesn t write as well as Nancy or Jessica She is best when she s describing her upbringing, but even then she relies on the published words of her sisters from time to time By the final third of the book, it s become a long list of events and celebrated people whom she s entertained and it gets both a little confusing and a little boring As Janet Maslin noted in her review in the Sunday Times in December, when yo [...]

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    4. Deborah Cavendish, better known as the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire and the last remaining Mitford sister, has lived a life so eventful that it almost seems mythical From her oft discussed childhood with her five sisters to tea with Hitler and helping to revive the ailing fortunes of the famed Cavendish estate, there is much in Debo s life that has yet to be covered by the numerous biographies, memoirs of her sisters and collections of letters that have packed the shelves Unfortunately, Wait Fo [...]

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    5. One day I will write a review of this big book by a very big personality who does not have the same frame of reference as the rest of us.The Duchess loves keeping chickens and running her little shops as well as the magnificent palace she calls home When launching her London store, she called on Prince Charles and asked him to pop in, as it would give her some publicity Not our world, eh But you wouldn t hold anything against her, she doesn t have a snobbish or malicious bone in her body, a love [...]

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    6. A bunch of random remembrances, strung together without much regard for interest, amusement, nor continuity For example This is one entire paragraph, in which the author describes her father Farve My good clothes were cosseted like his car and gun Mabel the parlourmaid was in charge and he was always well dressed In the country, his appearance was indistinguishable from that of a gamekeeper, an occupation that would have suited him to the ground He wore a brown velveteen waistcoat, alternating w [...]

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    7. This is a wonderful new addition to the Mitford canon by Deborah, The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, known as Debo Her sisters Nancy, Diana and Jessica Decca long ago wrote their own books, but being the youngest and only living sibling Debo brings a different perspective to WAIT FOR ME Nancy and the other older children hated having to move from Asthall Manor, where they had freedom and privacy because their rooms were in a converted barn, but Debo, then six, loved their new home at Swinbrook S [...]

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    8. Wait for Me is much than an account of life within the Mitford family though that aspect is certainly entertaining Throughout her life, Debo had a priveledged access to the highter echelons of society, both in her home country and, as the wife of a government minister and close friend of Presidents , across the world Although she was not born a Duchess, Debo did come from a very well connected aristocratic family Despite this, she retained a down to earth personality as happy on a haybale with [...]

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    9. I have been fascinated by the Mitfords for years so when I knew I was coming to the UK I decided that one of the books I would pack was Deborah Devonshire s memoir Wait for Me Every member of the Mitford family has their own amazing points of interest whether it s Diana s marriage to fascist leader Oswald Moseley, Nancy s wit and literary career, or Unity s devotion to Hitler They had their own languages and nicknames growing up that they continued to use their whole lives the clan feels like a [...]

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    10. April 10, 2016 was National Siblings Day I have two brothers and one sister who have been with me through good times, bad times and everything in between They are the first ones I call to celebrate achievements and milestone In times of decision, they are there to offer their support and guidance In moments of sadness, I feel their presence in silent communion They have been with me for my whole journey and will be with me as we move ever forward.By happy coincidence, April 10th was the day that [...]

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    11. I have, over the last few years become something of a Mitford addict Having read several biographies, a couple of collections of letters and many of Nancy s novels I am seriously hooked Some of the tales recounted in the beginning of this book, I have encountered before but I love them, it s like meeting up with old friends Of course Debo as any Mitford fan will know her was born 16 years after the eldest Nancy, and so her childhood expirences and relationships with her siblings differ from thos [...]

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    12. Wait for Me, a Memoir by Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire.Having just read Mary Lovell s The Sisters , I found the first part of this repetitive with many of the same photos and stories Lovell, however, is a much better writer A good deal of this book is apparently based on her appointment books and diaries and seems like a recital of where she went, who she met, what she did, giving a detailed account of what it is like to be a duchess She was a staunch Conservative and even demonstrated [...]

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    13. I thought this book written at the age of 90 very good indeed, and a fine corrective to those who think Downton Abbey accurately reflects the lives of the English Aristocracy.I was reminded of the phrase often used that someone knew anybody who was anybody , because the author met an astonishing number of the people who shaped the 20th century and describes what they were like very well The index gives you a pretty good idea She had tea with Hitler,was related to Churchill, verhy friendly with t [...]

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    14. Not the most compelling read at times, but quite interesting The bits about her sisters were golden, of course Several mysteries from The Mitfords Letters Between Six Sisters were cleared up for me Such as, what the phrase Do admit means Those words often popped up in their letters and I was amused by it but could never figure out what they meant exactly Also, I found out why everyone referred to Debo s friend, Kitty Mersey, as Wife or My Wife So, I was rather delighted to have those explained

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    15. I think the Mitford family is fascinating They were such a part of history I really enjoyed the first part of this book It is Debo s childhood and teen years and has lots of great stories about her family members However, when it got to the point where her father in law, the Duke of Devonshire died and the family had to pay death taxes it went down hill quickly for me They had to pay 80% taxes, which yes, is a huge portion of their wealth But when she s saying how they had to sell off 42,000 acr [...]

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    16. Wonderfully written account of the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire s early years as the youngest sibling in the well known Mitford line up While I haven t rated it as amazing, doesn t always apply, does it I loved this book It s so funny to note that, as was often repeated in her letters to Patrick Leigh Fermor in the book, In Tearing Haste , Debo was known to detest reading, which makes it hard to understand how she turned out to be such a good writer There s a very good video online of a talk sh [...]

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    17. Mixed feelings The first half, which describes her childhood, was charming and funny, although I ve already read most of the same stories in her sisters books The second half, which focuses on her stately home s and her horses and her la de da guests, didn t interest me at all She comes off as shallow and and clueless I was put off by the running commentary about the the glorious past vs the annoying present She pines for the days when people were SO much glamorous, and it was easier to get goo [...]

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    18. A self indulgent and ultimately tedious catalogue of names,dates and scandalous privilege Were the author to acknowledge the last of these rather than advocate, as she does, its preservation one might feel sympathetic As it is, with the brouhaha surrounding the Queen s Jubilee already gathering strength, this book is a timely reminder of how class ridden British society still is Hitherto mildly left leaning, nothing , I now yearn for the sound of the tumbrels Moreover, having gone along with th [...]

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    19. It took me an inordinately long time to finish this book I started it in one house, six years ago, and finished it in this house, three years after I moved here I suppose since much of this book is taken up with houses, that s somewhat fitting.I confess I have a thing for the Mitford sisters Pamela, Diana, Nancy, Unity, Jessica, and Deborah I blame the BBC adaptation in the 70s of Nancy s Love in a Cold Climate I ve read one biography of the sisters as a set and have a second in my TBR pile I fi [...]

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    20. I needed to read a memoir a juicy one Not sure this ended up fitting that description for a reading challenge, and this caught my eye Deborah Mitford Cavendish aka Debo aka Duchess of Devonshire saw a lot of changes take place in her lifetime including living through the Second World War, losing several children in infancy, being married to an alcoholic, and dealing with lots of family drama as just a sampling She was the youngest of the famous Mitford sisters, who include Nancy Mitford, the aut [...]

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    21. Lovely read, a little slow in the middle with all the names of acquaintances Understand now why Debo is so beloved.

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    22. So let s get the pun out of the way asap There is much chats worth in this book Indeed, a month s worth of chat all neat and tidy.Deborah Mitford s Wait for Me is a remarkable memoir I found it candid, relaxed in tone, and, frankly, overwhelming Overwhelming in a good way In some ways it is a real Downton Abbey of the twentieth century Among the pages stroll princes and the Queen, Prime Ministers and Presidents Also, we met governesses, chauffeurs, gamekeepers, nurses and townspeople We learn ho [...]

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    23. Ah, the Mitford sisters.No matter if you are Team Nancy or Team Decca the two sisters that seem to enjoy the most support, probably because both were prolific writers during their lives and also because no one really wants to claim Team Unity or Team Diana thanks to their avid support of Fascism , there is something for everyone in Debo s memoir The last surviving Mitford, Debo tells her side of the family lore already made familiar thanks to Nancy s fiction and Decca s autobiography One has the [...]

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    24. I have an insatiable fascination for the Mitford sisters, but I have mostly read about them from a biographer s point of view An exception would be Jessica Mitford s Hons and Rebels but Debo claims that a lot of the material in that was highly exaggerated This is no personal diary, though, and although interesting it is far from revealing DD makes it clear that her sisters tended to keep their own counsel on personal matters and their innermost thoughts, even from each other so with that in mind [...]

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    25. Deborah Devonshire DD writes superbly She knows how to tell a story because she looks at the world not only from her own direct experience, but also from her ever present keen consideration of those around her To find such selflessness is a truly humbling experience in itself There is a very British saying, By your friends ye are known Selflessness engenders deep and loyal friendships, and many, many of them At this point I have to also compliment her editor, Charlotte Moseley, and her secretary [...]

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    26. For an account of the fascinating lives of the Mitford family, Mary Lovell s The Sisters is a much better book, as well as anything written by Nancy Mitford or Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford What this book adds is an account of youngest daughter Deborah s life her early life with her eccentric family writers, Nazi sympathizers, Communists, etc from her point of view, later WWII, and her life as one of the most privileged aristocrats in all of the UK, and her help in saving Chatsworth.What ca [...]

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    27. A really interesting book about a remarkable life of duty and privilege The book can be a little dry in places but it isn t without humour What i found really fascinating was how having a title could really open doors for you in the past in a way that it probably no longer does Deborah Devonshire is obviously a bright and energetic individual who gets involved with many organisations and companies, making a great success of her roles but you do wonder if she would have been on the board of Tarma [...]

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    28. Well, I loved this book, but then I m a bit of an anglophile and I did visit Chatsworth 14 years ago and stayed at the wonderful Devonshire Arms and found it breathtaking I m also fascinated by the Mitford sisters and have read a number of works about them This autobiography combines all those interests in a sort of perfect storm Add into that elements of the Kennedy s, the Bright Young People of the 20 s 30 s, a ton of great discussion of architecture, gardening and a wide smattering of various [...]

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    29. It s no secret that I have long had a slight obsession with the Cavendish family, and in particular the women who have married into this family I spent one of the most gleeful days of my life wandering around Chatsworth in 2004 I also have long had a slight obsession with the Mitfords six sisters who exemplified in their own lives nearly every political movement of the twentieth century fascism, communism, socialism, conservatism, apathy And they all were delightful writers, even when their poli [...]

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    30. A string of memories recounted, told as though the reader must already know the cast of Deborah s life characters and strewn with pet names which the British upper classes seem to love adorning their very in crowd with I found the style garrulous, unstructured and confusingly hodgepodge Even though I persisted gamely until half way through, the historical context simply was missing I wished to learn about this woman, the history around her and her importance She was incapable of serving up anyth [...]

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