as often as something wonderful is happening in Nancy's Mitford World-
© The Mitford Archive
used with permission
without the help of
Heywood Hill Ltd
where would I be without a little help from my friends?
drawn by Beaton
the Season of 1933
Cecil Beaton photograph of Nancy Mitford and friends 1933
translated by Megan Wilson
for cover of Mitford's novel
THE PURSUIT OF LOVE
With a little help from the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, we have arranged for special boxed sets of the recently re-issued Nany Mitford novels to be on sale at Heywood Hill. The five novels fit snugly into a beautiful blue box, with "Love from Nancy" printed in gold on the top and on the back of each. (from the Heywood Hill site)
this has to be the "get" of the summer!
I hope you do.
From now until September 10th* Heywood Hill Ltd. will celebrate their most famous alumna in an exhibition LOVE FROM NANCY- Special things from the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire- Deborah Mitford, Nancy's sister...
Heywood Hill, described by Evelyn Waugh during the war years as a 'centre for all that was left of fashionable and intellectual London,' employed Nancy to work in the shop in 1942. Now married, Mrs. Rodd would walk to the shop from miles away Blomfield Road to Curzon Street.
excerpted from Harold Acton's Nancy Mitford A Memoir:
"Many used the pretext of seeking a book for the pleasure of seeing Nancy. A brief chat with her would brighten the rest of the day for them. Among the habitues were Evelyn Waugh, Lord Berners, Sir Osbert Sitwell and Raymond Mortimer,and the very books seemed to join in the laughter during their exchange of gossip. Nancy's laughter rose above theirs in a carillon that was almost operatic, a specimen of coloratura."
Highly recommended reading The Bookshop At 10 Curzon Street: Letters Between Nancy Mitford and Heywood Hill 1952–73
nancy mitford.com here ( the site designed by Megan Wilson)
more my bookcovers here
the 5 books in the set from Penguin , see the other books & more about the exhibit here