'Nancy Mitford was witty, intelligent, often acerbic, a great tease, and an accute observer of upper-class English idiosyncracies. She became a household name with the publication of her bestselling comic novels, including 'The pursuit of love' and 'Love in a cold climate', which were based in part on her eccentric family ... Noted biographer Selina Hastings captures the gaiety and frivolity as well as the darker side of Mitford's life, contrasting her literary celebrity and social success with her failed marriage and long relationship with a dashing, but unfaithful French lover. The result is essential reading for anyone interested in the sources of the glamour, hunour, and drama Mitford so memorably distilled on the page.' -- from back cover.