Published October 2011
155 pages, Paperback
At the outbreak of World War II, Lady Sophia Garfield dreamt of becoming a beautiful spy – but she never imagined having to cope with a nest of German agents in her own home, or that they would murder her maid, and hold her
beloved bulldog hostage.
Of course one couldn’t spend one’s entire war unmasking enemies – especially with the blood of kings flowing in one’s veins, so Sophia still has time for tea at the Ritz with dotty aristocratic friends, and for fighting her arch-rival Princess Olga Gogothsky (nee Baby Bagg) for the affections of the dashing Rudolph Jocelyn.
Nancy Mitford - Nancy Mitford (1904-1973) was born in London, the eldest child of the second Baron Redesdale. Her childhood in a large remote country house with her five sisters and brother is recounted in the early chapters of The Pursuit of Love (1945).
She had written four novels including Highland Fling (1931) before the success of The Pursuit of Love, and followed it with Love in a Cold Climate (1949) The Blessing (1951) and Don't Tell Alfred (1960). She also wrote four works of biography.
After the war she moved to Paris with her husband where she lived for the rest of her life. Nancy Mitford was awarded the CBE in 1972.
Mavis Cheek - Mavis Cheek is the author of fifteen gloriously witty novels, most recently
The Lovers of Pound Hill (2011). She currently chairs the committee of the Marlborough LitFest, which launched its first annual literature festival in September 2010.