• My favourite biography is Nancy Mitford's Madame de Pompadour - a famous 18th-century French beauty who became Louis XV's mistress. The secret of a good biography is not just to tell the person's story but to create the world in which they lived.

    Julian Fellowes, Daily Express
  • Mitford brings warmth to everything she touches, and her biography of Madame de Pompadour is testimony to that

    Justine Picardie, Sunday Telegraph
  • Reads as if an enchantingly clever woman was pouring out the story to me on the telephone

    Raymond Mortimer
  • Nancy Mitford excels in depicting both the brilliant romantic showcase and the recessed world of power... No historian writing in English has given a better pen-picture of Versailles in its heyday

  • Incontestably her best book, Madame de Pompadour is beautifully written in a rapid, nervous, gay and enthusiastic manner which carries the reader through from first page to last

    Cyril Connolly, Sunday Times

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