In Tearing Haste : Letters Between Deborah Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor
by Patrick Leigh Fermor , Deborah Devonshire
Editor: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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In the spring of 1956, Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire, the youngest of the six legendary Mitford sisters – invited Patrick Leigh Fermor’s writer and war hero to visit Lismore Castle, the Duchess of Devonshire’s men have home in IrelandThis halcyon visit provoked a deep friendship and a life of exchange of sporadic but very entertaining lettersHe can rarely have been contrasted styles: Debo, unashamed, philistine, and self-proclaimed illiterate (although suspected by his friends of a secret reader), play darts from subject to subject, while Paddy rice, polyglot, read the virtuoso prose, responses at ease, polite in the way that earned him recognition as one of the best English-language writersThe Prose notwithstanding, the two friends have much in common: a huge pleasure of life, youth, good humour, warmth, generosity and lack of maliceThere are glimpses of President Kennedy’s inauguration, weekends in Sandringham, deer hunting in France, shooting with Errol Flynn in French Equatorial Africa and, above all, life in Chatsworth, the great house that Debo spent much of his life restoring, and Paddy in the house that he and his wife Joan designed and built, in the far south of the Greek peninsula
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