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Publication Order of Radlett and Montdore Books

The Pursuit of Love (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love in a Cold Climate (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don't Tell Alfred (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Highland Fling (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christmas Pudding (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wigs on the Green (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pigeon Pie (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blessing (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
Madame de Pompadour (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Voltaire in Love (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Water Beetle (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sun King (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Stanleys of Alderley (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Talent To Annoy (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Noblesse Oblige (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Frederick the Great (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nancy Mitford (With: Harold Acton) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love from Nancy (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Letters Of Nancy Mitford And Evelyn Waugh (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Pudding and Pie(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ice: Stories of Survival from Polar Exploration(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Round the Christmas Fire(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Nancy Mitford is a British published author of fiction.

She was born on November 28, 1904 in the United Kingdom in London. She is known for being a biographer as well as an English novelist. She was known for being one of the beautiful and bright people that made up the younger set of the social scene in London during the years between the war.

She was born in Belgravia, London. She was the oldest daughter of her father Lord Redesdale. She grew up in Oxfordshire at the Asthall Manor. She also had five other sisters, of which she was the oldest.

Nancy is known for writing her various books regarding life in the upper class in France and England. There were four novels that came out after 1945. The author also wrote the biographies of many historical figures, which were received well and researched thoroughly. She was the first out of her family to make public her family life of her English and eccentric family, sparking the creation of the Mitford industry.

Nancy also worked as a journalist for a period of time. She had a privileged upbringing and went to private school. Before her first book came out in 1931, she had never been formally trained. She made an early effort but her books that came out after this first novel did not get much attention. She got her reputation established by the 1945 novel The Pursuit of Love and the 1949 novel Love in a Cold Climate.

She would get married to Peter Rodd in 1933. However the marriage did not last and after being separated for some time they got a divorce in 1957. When World War II started up, she began dating Gaston Palewski, a Free French officer that would become her life long love. When he settled in France after the war had ended, he lived there until she passed.

Her years in life later had successes and drawbacks. Her relationship with Gaston failed but her biographical books sold quite well. However, the author’s health would get worse from the sixties on and Nancy went through being ill for years and in pain before she passed away on June 30, 1973.

Mitford is the creator of the Radlett and Montdore series of fictional novels. The series started out with The Pursuit of Love before being followed by a second novel and then the third, Don’t Tell Alfred. The second novel Love in a Cold Climate was adapted for television miniseries twice in 1980 and 2001. The Little Hut was adapted in 1957 and Count Your Blessings was adapted in 1959, based on The Blessing.

The Pursuit of Love is the story of a woman that is looking for love.

Main character Linda is a young woman that wants more than anything to find love. She is obsessed with the idea of having sex and weddings in general. She spends her days dreaming about finding the ideal lover to bring into her life.

Even though Linda is looking for the right guy, it’s proving to be a difficult task to track down Mr. Right. Linda has to consider marriage to a lesser candidate. This would be Tony, a Tory MP. He may be attractive but he’s also a humorless Christian with communist interests.

Linda keeps going and finds a man named Fabrice in Paris in war time. Will this sense of passion be the real thing? Read the novel to find out!

Love in a Cold Climate is the second novel in the Radlett and Montdore series of fictional novels. This romantic comedy is all about the high life in England that took place among the glamorous aristocracy in England when the wars were not going on.

Main character Polly Hampton has been trained to get ready for the ideal marriage thanks to her mother. Lady Mondore is not only feared but an ambitious woman as well and wants her daughter to be the same.

Polly is a gorgeous girl with all of the right connections. But she also has little love for the boring life that comes with debuting in London. She has just arrived back from India where her father was working as Viceroy. She thought that the colder weather of this society would mean that they are less into love but nothing has changed.

Polly has a secret that could end her mother’s dreams and get her kicked off of her own inheritance. When a duke begins to court her and an heir starts to win over her parents, it’s clear that nothing is happening as Polly expected it to or wanted it to. However, there might just be a happy ending waiting for all of them if they can just hold out and believe.

Will Polly find happiness or is it just a lost cause? Find out by reading this interesting novel for yourself!

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