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Love in a Cold Climate, by Nancy Mitford

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This was an enjoyable romp with which to end my reading year.  1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die compares Nancy Mitford to Jane Austen.

Well, I don’t know about that.  I’m not sure that the novel would bear re-reading as Austen’s novels do, but FWIW this is what 1001 Books has to say:

Mitford’s novels, like those of Jane Austen, focus on the small social manoeuvrings of an exclusive family and their “set”; like Austen, she uses fond but mocking satire to gently send up the family, even while encouraging the reader to care about its fortunes. (1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, ABC Books 2006, p.450)

The blurb encapsulates the slight plot:

Love in a Cold Climate is a wickedly funny satire, brilliantly lampooning upper-class society. When Polly, a beautiful aristocrat, declares her love for her married, lecherous uncle – who also happens to…

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