North American cover
I'm reading the memoirs of Deborah Mitford. Actually I'm listening to them on CD. I don't usually listen to books but my schedule has been challenging and I find I have little time to read. So I decided to make use of my commute and listen to a book.
The Mitford sisters were so interesting. I'm not really sure why. Maybe because some of them were outrageous (one was a Fascist who married Sir Oswald Mosley, and another was a Communist, while still another shot herself in the head when she realized Great Britain declared war on Germany). Deborah is probably the most conventional of all of the sisters and the youngest of them. How funny that a Duchess would be considered, "conventional". They had an interesting childhood and her writing is very "listenable". It helps to have a good narrator in the way of Anne Flosnik.
Even though the girls didn't have a formal education (their mother was big on what we would be something akin to homeschool and she cared little for exams), they were so creative and witty. All of them were voracious letter writers and their words have been preserved in various books written by them and about them.
Most people know of Nancy Mitford, who wrote books about her family, thinly veiled as fiction. You know my love of portraiture, be it human or dog or horse. This is a portrait of Nancy Mitford I discovered and I love it. She's a bit pointy looking in it, but I love it nonetheless. I tried to find information on the artist but came up empty.
Nancy Mitford portrait by Mogens Tvede
The guys are off to Cub Scout Camp and I have three days to myself. I'll be cleaning my filthy house, but also doing some stuff that will be more enjoyable. Like staying up late and reading!