Home to Roost: And Other Peckings

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"My father would not have wasted time reading—a trait I have inherited from him." The unmistakeable voice of Deborah Devonshire rings out of this second volume of her occasional writings. As broad and eclectic as her long and eventful life, the pieces range from a ringside view of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration and funeral, a valedictory for her local post office, the 1938 London season, Christmas at Chatsworth, and the hazards of shopping for clothes when your eyesight is failing. Affectionate, shrewd, and ...

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Overview

"My father would not have wasted time reading—a trait I have inherited from him." The unmistakeable voice of Deborah Devonshire rings out of this second volume of her occasional writings. As broad and eclectic as her long and eventful life, the pieces range from a ringside view of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration and funeral, a valedictory for her local post office, the 1938 London season, Christmas at Chatsworth, and the hazards of shopping for clothes when your eyesight is failing. Affectionate, shrewd, and uproariously funny, her no-nonsense, bang-on-the-nail observations are as good as any antidepressant. Specially commissioned drawings from her son-in-law Will Topley are included.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A voice from a vanished Golden Age . . . the Duchess herself embodies these noble and conservative values and she personally is a wonderment and an inspiration."  —Sunday Express

"An introduction from Alan Bennett, so you get two national treasures for the price of one . . . she’s a wonderful writer."  —Reader’s Digest

"This collection of wit and wisdom from the Duchess of Devonshire (and last surviving Mitford girl) just dances off the page . . . funny and insightful . . . whatever the subject, playfulness and a love of life spill from the page, and there are no words wasted. Perfect for dipping into, this book is bound to touch and tickle anyone’s heart."  —Waterstones Books Quarterly

"Behind the wit and quips, there is something else stronger and more rigorous . . . a small, cumulative but revealing self-portrait . . . this is a book about manners, how to behave, and being funny as a form of civilization."  —Spectator

"A brilliant selection. I read it with such enjoyment, sometimes laughing aloud . . . remarkable not only for its style but also for the great clarity, sympathy, conciseness, and humor . . . brilliant."  —Country Life

"Affectionate, shrewd, and uproariously funny."  —Western Morning News

"All her writing is characterized by incisive observation and unfailing humor . . . this blend of sagacity and wit proves very appealing."  —Good Book Guide

Reader's Digest
An introduction from Alan Bennett, so you get two national treasures for the price of one . . . she's a wonderful writer.
Spectator
Behind the wit and quips, there is something else stronger and more rigorous . . . a small, cumulative but revealing self-portrait . . . this is a book about manners, how to behave, and being funny as a form of civilization.
Good Book Guide
All her writing is characterized by incisive observation and unfailing humor . . . this blend of sagacity and wit proves very appealing.
Sunday Express
A voice from a vanished Golden Age . . . the Duchess herself embodies these noble and conservative values and she personally is a wonderment and an inspiration.
Country Life
A brilliant selection. I read it with such enjoyment, sometimes laughing aloud . . . remarkable not only for its style but also for the great clarity, sympathy, conciseness, and humor . . . brilliant.
Western Morning News
Affectionate, shrewd, and uproariously funny.
Waterstones Books Quarterly
This collection of wit and wisdom from the Duchess of Devonshire (and last surviving Mitford girl) just dances off the page . . . funny and insightful . . . whatever the subject, playfulness and a love of life spill from the page, and there are no words wasted. Perfect for dipping into, this book is bound to touch and tickle anyone's heart.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848541894
  • Publisher: Murray, John Publishers, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 827,279
  • Product dimensions: 11.06 (w) x 2.32 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Devonshire's previous titles include Chatsworth: The House, Counting My Chickens, and In Tearing Haste. Alan Bennett is an actor and author whose titles include The Clothes They Stood Up In and The Uncommon Reader.

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