'My father would not have wasted time reading -- a trait I have inherited from him.' The unmistakeable voice of Deborah Devonshire, the youngest of the Mitford sisters, rings out of this second volume of her occasional writings. As broad and eclectic as her long and eventful life, the pieces range from a ringside view of John F. Kennedy's inauguration and funeral, a valedictory for her local post office, the 1938 London season, Christmas at Chatsworth and the hazards of shopping for clothes when your eyesight is failing. Affectionate, shrewd and uproariously funny, her no-nonsense, bang-on-the-nail observations are as good as any antidepressant.Oh dear, I thought (having been to so many public functions where flowers are stuck sideways in their holder so the horizontal ... The transitory nature of flower- arrangers is similar, but luckily for us it has been a subject beloved of artists over centuries and part of ... As more exotics arrived in this country, so did the variety of flowers grown in orangeries increase. ... Teams of gardeners were sent in to set them up and earned praise for their a#39;happy dispositiona#39; of plants at routs and fAotes.
|Title||:||Home to Roost|
|Publisher||:||Hachette UK - 2009-05-14|