Jan 27, 2012
Oh, the joys of growing up in an underheated house with no education, lots of dogs, a medieval father and a title! Nancy Mitford's effervescent novel The Pursuit of Love is about English country house life and values, and is also a brilliant portrait of 1930s politics: she skewers capitalism, is puzzled by communism and embraces love. Children out-manoeuvre parents, the upper-classes out-vulgarise the bourgeois riches, but without the security of knowing that someone loves you, no-one can be happy. For romantics who wear little red flags in their lapels.