Don't Tell Alfred

By Nancy Mitford; Selina Hastings (Introduction by)
Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307740847, 230pp.

Publication Date: August 10, 2010

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Description

 
In this delightful comedy, Fanny—the quietly observant narrator of Nancy Mitford’s two most famous novels—finally takes center stage.

Fanny Wincham—last seen as a young woman in The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate—has lived contentedly for years as housewife to an absent-minded Oxford don, Alfred. But her life changes overnight when her beloved Alfred is appointed English Ambassador to Paris. Soon she finds herself mixing with royalty and Rothschilds while battling her hysterical predecessor, Lady Leone, who refuses to leave the premises. When Fanny’s tender-hearted secretary begins filling the embassy with rescued animals and her teenage sons run away from Eton and show up with a rock star in tow, things get entirely out of hand. Gleefully sending up the antics of mid-century high society, Don’t Tell Alfred is classic Mitford.




About the Author
Mitford is the author of Noblesse Oblige and Don'tTell ALfred, Pigeon Pie, and Christmas Pudding.Selina Hastings is a writer and journalist, and the author of four literary biographies of Nancy Mitford, Evelyn Waugh (winner of the Marsh Biography Prize), Rosamond Lehmann and Somerset Maugham. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, she reviews regularly and has been a judge of the Booker, Whitbread, British Academy, Ondaatje and Duff Cooper Prizes, and of the UK Biographers' Award.



Praise For Don't Tell Alfred

“A wickedly clever novel in Nancy Mitford’s best vein, hilariously funny in conception and execution.” —Chicago Tribune 

 “Witty, high-spirited, entertaining, perceptive, and both a little cozy and a little cruel.” —The New York Times
 

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