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Brought to you by Penguin.

One of the funniest, sharpest novels about love and growing up ever written, Nancy Mitford's classic is now major a BBC and Prime Video series directed by Emily Mortimer and starring Lily James, Andrew Scott and Dominic West.

'He was the great love of her life you know.'

'Oh, dulling,' said my mother, sadly, 'One always thinks that. Every, every time.'

Oh, the tedium of waiting to grow up! Longing for love, obsessed with weddings and sex, Linda and her sisters and cousin Fanny are on the lookout for the perfect lover. 

But finding Mr Right is much harder than any of the sisters had thought. Linda must suffer marriage first to a stuffy Tory MP and then to a handsome and humourless communist, before finding real love in war-torn Paris. 

Nancy Mitford's wickedly funny series continues in Love in a Cold Climate and Don't Tell Alfred.

©1945 Nancy Mitford (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Utter, utter bliss." (Daily Mail)

"A pleasure as intense as inheriting a perfect pearl necklace, or finding a silk dress in a vintage shop that fits like a glove." (Caitlin Moran, Harper's Bazaar)

"Peerless." (Zoe Heller)

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  • Ellen
  • 06-29-21

An absolute Joy

This book is hilarious and also very sad in places absolutely loved it, far better than the recent tv series.
Absolutely recommend. The narration was perfect I just wish it had been longer.

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  • Kima
  • 01-10-22

Take out the bigotry and you have no book left

Before I write this review, I would like to mention that I understand that all human genes (that have ever been since any humans left the Rift valley in Africa) have always been over 99.95% exactly the same. So, when I hear a story (told by one type of culture) that is riddled with liable against every other culture in the world; it gets my back up just a tad. I am convinced that this book needs a re-write as a second option.

If a tabloid was to spread rumors and lies about one person, they can be sued, If an old book spreads lies about the culture, religion, socio-economics, clan or melanin of many types of people; at bare minimums a re-write is due which withholds these offensive sentiments. I am mostly open minded, if anything that was being said was actually true: Then I say keep it in the book. But unfortunately everything being mention is a form of lie, liable, degrading and berating untruth about "others"; in order to think themselves into feeling superior. A false fake phoney superior, fragile as broken glass.

This story, without all the bigoted lies, is just average; run of the mill, nothing special. Just a bunch of rich, prejudice protestant Brits living soft lives off the funds of their ancestors, which were most likely stolen from the lands of same other cultures they consistently disrespect.

They spend most of the story just looking down their noses from a false sense of superiority. In my humble opinion.

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  • miss helen fiona woods
  • 11-18-21

Very much like the TV series

Lovely, light and entertaining. The book strongly reflects the TV adaptation. A great story without too much challenge.

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  • eric.rayner@btinternet.com
  • 11-13-21

How the other half lived

A snapshot of pre-war aristocratic life and privilege, written with some comedy and irony.

It gallops along like the Gloucestershire hunt until the final, stunning ending.

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  • Angella
  • 10-16-21

Wonderful

Absolutely wonderful and hilarious. Sad at the end. Uncle Matt terrifying. Half way through, I realised I had read this book once before when I was young and more easily mystified and indeed shockable!

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  • MISS LA GOMEZ
  • 09-08-21

loved it

loved it loved it loved it loved it loved it loved it loved it loved it yes it was fabulous very good

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-21

loved it

this has recently been dramatised by BBC and I loved the book as much as the TV series. a real insight into events between the wars.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-21

Funny, dark and brilliantly narrated

I listened to this book after watching the brilliant BBC adaptation, and I enjoyed the book as much especially because of the fantastic narration that made each character as vivid as a full cast of actors. It's by turns moving, darkly satirical and funny and forms a wonderful dramatisation of Nancy Mitford's real life family who were quite as (if not more!) sensational as the fictonal Radlett's.

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  • Lorialea
  • 07-17-22

Magic

I think this is a wonderful story, perfect beginning for Love in a Cold Climate. Thank you, Nancy

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  • S Langford
  • 08-16-21

Boring doesn’t even begin to describe

Despite being a profoundly boring storyline, i soldiered on through this book to the end.

I cannot think why the author ever thought that the lives of the ruling classes were of interest enough to put pen to paper. There is no plot to this rambling rubbish - there are merely aimless, bland characters whom have no depth or purpose in constructing a plot.

Linda, a main character, died and i could not have cared less - not a tear was shed. I couldn’t connect to any of the characters on any level because they were one dimensional.