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Book review: Love in a Cold Climate 
3rd-Jul-2011 01:37 pm
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I'm doing quite well going down the piles of unread books in my room, and there's still a ton of those freebies from a couple of years ago so I've been making a go of them. I made a couple of "false starts" on freebies that were clearly not my sort of thing and went straight into the charity book bin but Nancy Mitford's Love in a Cold Climate, which was in the "London Classics" week ended up being a lot of fun, like a 20th Century Pride and Prejudice - written in 1949, it's a world dominated by parties, fashion and trying to marry young women off, but in a time when people really should have started realising there's more important things going on. Pretty light on plot, narrator Fanny follows the family of her aunt Lady Montdore and scandalous cousin Polly and there's a lot of fun character comedy I really enjoyed. I also loved the fact that while basically gossiping about everybody else on the social scene, the narrator tends to forget to mention what's been going on in her own life - Fanny's own marriage is an afterthought, we barely find out anything about her husband, and at a couple of points she has to excuse herself to go pop out a baby, having neglected to mention that she was pregnant. Including it in "London" week was a bit tenuous though - there's the odd mention of the biggest coming-out balls being there but there's not a single scene that actually takes place in London, it's all in Oxford or in country houses.
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