Nancy Mitford

Nancy Mitford was an English novelist, biographer, and journalist, renowned for her witty and satirical novels about the English upper class. Born into the aristocratic Mitford family in 1904, she gained fame for her series of novels including 'The Pursuit of Love' and 'Love in a Cold Climate.' Mitford was also known for her sharp and often controversial social commentary, as well as her essays on French history and culture.


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  1. 1. Love in a Cold Climate

    Set in the 1930s, the novel revolves around the lives of British aristocracy, focusing on the love lives of young women in high society. The protagonist's cousin, Polly, shocks her family by choosing to marry a middle-aged, socially inferior man instead of a wealthy aristocrat. Meanwhile, the protagonist herself navigates her own romantic relationships amidst a backdrop of lavish parties, eccentric relatives, and societal expectations. The story offers a humorous and satirical look at the British upper class, highlighting their idiosyncrasies and the pressures they face.

    The 964th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Pursuit Of Love

    The Pursuit of Love is a semi-autobiographical novel that follows the romantic escapades of the eccentric and aristocratic Radlett family, primarily through the eyes of cousin Fanny. The story centers on Linda, the most beautiful and free-spirited of the Radlett daughters, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery through her various relationships and marriages. The novel explores themes of love, marriage, and the societal expectations of women during the interwar period in England.

    The 1256th Greatest Book of All Time