'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.Shooting is a culling operation which prevents overpopulation, the cause of this and other diseases. ... Gamekeepers; flankers with flags who guide the birds towards their fate; beaters who walk many miles through high heather and a worst of all ... is no fun; gunsmiths from Spain to South Audley Street; cartridge manufacturers; the makers of Land Rovers and Argo Cats (machines on tracks that can go upanbsp;...
|Title||:||Home to Roost|
|Publisher||:||Hachette UK - 2009-05-14|