Wait for Me!: Memoirs of the Youngest Mitford Sister - Deborah DevonshireLondon: John Murray, 2010, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Signed by the author, without dedication, on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Contains: Black & white photographs; Appendices ;
From the cover: “Wait for Me! is a misleading title: people have been running to catch up with the youngest of the famous Mitford sisters ever since she could walk. At the age of ninety, Debo (as she is known to all her friends) looks back on a life lived at a cracking pace.
She tells the story of her upbringing, lovingly and wittily describing her parents (so memorably fictionalised by her sister Nancy); she talks candidly about her brother and sisters, and their politics (while not being at all political herself), finally setting the record straight. Throughout the book she writes brilliantly about the country and her deep attachment to it and those who live and work in it.
At the age of twenty-one, Debo married Andrew Cavendish, who succeeded as the 11th Duke of Devonshire. She could have put her feet up in one of the family’s great houses, but that is not her way. With an enthusiasm and ability to get things done that leave most of us panting, she played an extremely active role in restoring and overseeing the day to day running of the family houses and gardens, and in developing commercial enterprises such as the successful Chatsworth Farm Shop and Children’s Farmyard. All this was done while not neglecting her huge array of friends and relations, who are wonderfully depicted; and, of course, her own family — she tells poignantly of the deaths of three of her six children, and the effect that her husband’s battle with alcohol addiction had on the family.
Deborah Devonshire is a natural writer — she has a knack for the telling phrase, for hitting the nail on the head; a marvellous down-to-earth style and, above all, a sparkling and totally sympathetic wit (which she is not afraid to use on herself) — Wait For Me! is enthralling, and a total joy.”