By Deborah Cavendish
Edited through Sophia Topley and Susan Hill. advent by means of Tom Stoppard.
A distinct window on a unprecedented lifestyles lived with large zest, discrimination, and intelligence.
The Duchess of Devonshire is the youngest of the Mitford siblings, the well-known brood that incorporates the writers Nancy and Jessica. Like them, she has lived an strangely complete and noteworthy lifestyles, and prefer them she has an inimitable expressive present. In Counting My Chickens, she has collected extracts from her diaries and different writings to create a multifaceted portrait of her existence at Chatsworth, the house of the Dukes of Devonshire, that's pithy, hilarious, clever, and regularly richly rewarding.
Under the Duchess's encouraged supervision, Chatsworth has turn into one in every of England's most often visited nice homes, welcoming over 400,000 viewers a 12 months. The Duchess unearths what it takes to maintain such an institution alive and prospering, tells of transporting a goat through teach from the Scottish island of Mull to London, discusses having her portrait painted by means of Lucian Freud, and offers wealthy reminisces of starting to be up a Mitford--along with telling anecdotes approximately associates from Evelyn Waugh to John F. Kennedy. From Tom Stoppard's adoring advent to the author's meditation at the great thing about Elvis Presley's voice, COUNTING MY CHICKENS deals non-stop shock and pleasure.
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