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Wait for Me! Memoirs (2010)

de Deborah Devonshire, Charlotte Mosley

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Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire, is the youngest of the famously witty brood that includes the writers Jessica and Nancy, who wrote when Deborah was born, "How disgusting of the poor darling to go and be a girl." Deborah's effervescent memoir chronicles her remarkable life, from an eccentric but happy childhood in the Oxfordshire countryside, to tea with Adolf Hitler and her controversially political sister Unity in 1937, to her marriage to the second son of the Duke of Devonshire. Her life would change utterly with his unexpected inheritance of the title and vast estates after the wartime death of his brother, who had married Kick Kennedy, the beloved sister of John F. Kennedy. Her friendship with that family would last through triumph and tragedy. This is a unique portrait of an age, and an unprecedented look at life inside one of the great aristocratic families of England.--From publisher description.… (mais)
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I have so much admiration and respect for Deborah's devotion to Chatsworth. Historic homes are so demanding of upkeep and financial resources that it's questionable if Chatsworth would be in its present condition without her years of dedication and hard work. Even though I'm not likely to visit it (Kelmscott and Red House, the residences of William Morris, are already at the top of my list, as well as the spectacular Leighton House Museum in Kensington, and Tower House, if only Jimmy would invite me over, sigh) I hope it continues to stand beautiful and full of art treasures for many more years to come. ( )
  Equestrienne | Jan 5, 2021 |
A fascinating read for anyone with an interest in the Mitford sisters (Deborah, or Debo was the youngest Mitford). Gives a different perspective on the sister's upbringing and early adulthood between the wars and then segues into Deborah's life as Duchess of Devonshire, chatelaine of Chatworth, wife of a diplomat and friend of the "great and good" in the UK and the USA (connected by marriage and tragedy with the Kennedys). There's an arresting mixture of candour interspersed with a lack of understanding of how entitled her life was - even after the punitive death duties levied when her husband inherited the Dukedom they were left with more wealth than most of us would dream of. However she also experienced more than her fair share of personal tragedy and I am reminded that all the wealth and privilige in the world cannot protect you from grief and loss. Worth a read if you are interested in the Mitfords and class in the UK. ( )
  Figgles | Jun 5, 2019 |
I find the subject matter (The Mitfords) very interesting, but the Duchesses style of writing and flitting from topic to topic makes the narrative distracting and hard to immerse yourself in. ( )
  LMJenkins | Nov 28, 2018 |
I loathe most of what DD represents - hunting and shooting, appalling snobbery, and having tea with Hitler - but I can't help having a sneaking liking for her. ( )
  LuxVestra | May 15, 2018 |
Pleasant memoir by the youngest Mitford sister with the usual amusing family anecdotes. Some sad family stuff - Decca/Jessica never really forgave her family for not accepting her early marriage, and she and Deborah weren't close as adults. As the two youngest they'd been inseparable when young. Nancy (the novelist sister) told the authorities that Diana (the Fascist sister) was a danger to England, which was one reason they chose to imprison her. Deborah says she was baffled by this.

Deborah married Lord Andrew Cavendish who became the Duke of Devonshire and became the public face of Chatsworth, the seat of the dukedom. Before and during her marriage she knew a lot of interesting people and has stories about them all. She also writes a lot about the running of Chatsworth where she and her husband lived after the war. I liked her a lot even though she's pro fox hunting. ( )
  piemouth | Nov 16, 2016 |
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Above all, though, it is enduring. Since the Duke's death in 2004, she has lived in a nearby village, but her appetite – for friends, for fun, even for work – belongs to someone half her age. This is what stays with you. As she relates the deaths of her sisters – Diana was the last to go, in 2003 – you feel, by rights, that her world should narrow, that she should, by now, be marooned on the survivors' island that is extreme old age. Yet this is emphatically not the case. She misses them. How could she not? But her eyes – always a special shade of blue – seem to me to be as beady, and as full of mischief, as ever.
 

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Blank. There is no entry in my mother's engagement book for 31 March 1920, the day I was born. The next few days are also blank. The first entry in April, in large letters is 'KITCHEN CHIMNEY SWEPT'.
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Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire, is the youngest of the famously witty brood that includes the writers Jessica and Nancy, who wrote when Deborah was born, "How disgusting of the poor darling to go and be a girl." Deborah's effervescent memoir chronicles her remarkable life, from an eccentric but happy childhood in the Oxfordshire countryside, to tea with Adolf Hitler and her controversially political sister Unity in 1937, to her marriage to the second son of the Duke of Devonshire. Her life would change utterly with his unexpected inheritance of the title and vast estates after the wartime death of his brother, who had married Kick Kennedy, the beloved sister of John F. Kennedy. Her friendship with that family would last through triumph and tragedy. This is a unique portrait of an age, and an unprecedented look at life inside one of the great aristocratic families of England.--From publisher description.

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