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Don't Tell Alfred is the wickedly funny sequel to Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate.

I believe it would have been normal for me to have paid a visit to the outgoing ambassadress. However the said ambassadress had set up such an uninhibited wail when she knew she was to leave, proclaiming her misery to all and sundry and refusing so furiously to look on the bright side, that it was felt she might not be very nice to me.

Fanny is married to absent-minded Oxford don Alfred and content with her role as a plain, tweedy housewife. But overnight her life changes when Alfred is appointed English ambassador to Paris. In the blink of an eye, Fanny's mixing with royalty, Rothschilds and Dior-clad wives, throwing cocktail parties and having every indiscreet remark printed in tomorrow's papers.

But with the love lives of her new friends to organise, an aristocratic squatter who won't budge and the antics of her maverick sons to thwart, Fanny's far too busy to worry about the diplomatic crisis looming on the horizon....

©1960 Nancy Mitford (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"A comic genius." (Independent on Sunday)

"Deliciously funny." (Evelyn Waugh)

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  • 07-11-21

Lacklustre story, terrible narrator

The book is the poor third of of the trilogy about Fanny, lacking the warmth and wit of the other two and it has the useless and annoying Northy, whom Fanny apparently dotes upon for no discernable reason.The narrator gets two stars except for her male voices, which are gruff, slow and affected and bring the performance down to a single star. Returned.

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  • 03-27-22

worst narration ever

I love most of Nancy Mitfords work and I knew that this story was one of her lessor works , which I was willing to forgive if it hadn't been for the woeful narration. This actor was beyond appalling,  completely ruining any charm this antiquated tale might have possessed. She was incapable of doing male characters,  with everyone sounding like an old pompous stereotype regardless of the age or personality of the character.  Avoid at all cost and save your credits.