Part of a newly designed Nancy Mitford series.
Blessing Nancy Mitford, author of Love in a Cold Climate, pens a wickedly funny and sharply observant tale of
aristocratic, post-war France, fashion and fidelity.
‘We’ve had nothing to
eat since you saw us, nothing whatsoever. Course upon course of nasty greasy stuff
smelling of garlic – a month’s ration of meat , yes, but quite raw you know – shame,
really – I wasn’t going to touch it, let alone give it to Sigi, poor little mite.’
‘Nanny says the cheese was matured in manure,’ Sigi chipped in, eyes like saucers.
It isn’t just Nanny who finds it difficult in France when Grace, along
with her young son Sigi, is finally able to join her dashing aristocratic husband Charles-
Edouard after the war. For Grace is out of her depth among the fashionably dressed and
immaculately coiffured French women, and shocked by their relentless gossiping and
bedhopping. When she discovers her husband’s tendency to lust after every pretty girl he
sees, it looks like trouble. And things get even more complicated when little Sigi steps
in. . .
The Blessing is a hilarious tale of love, fidelity and the
English abroad, tailored as brilliantly as one of Dior’s ‘New Look’ suits.
‘Deliciously funny’ Evelyn Waugh
Nancy Mitford was the eldest of the
infamous Mitford sisters, known for her membership in ‘The Bright Young Things’ clique of
the 1920s and an intimate of Evelyn Waugh; she produced witty, satirical novels with a
cast of characters taken directly from the aristocratic social scene of which she was a
part. Her novels, The Pursuit of Love, Wigs on the Green, Love in a Cold Climate, The Blessing and Don’t Tell Alfred, are available in single paperback editions from Penguin
or as part of The Penguin Complete Novels of Nancy Mitford which also includes
Highland Fling, Christmas Pudding and Pigeon Pie. This edition of
The Blessing is introduced by singer and guitarist of the band Franz Ferdinand,
Admirable, deliciously funny, consistent and complete'—Evelyn Waugh