All in One Basket by Deborah Mitford Duchess of Devonshire

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In her beguiling memoir, Wait for Me!, Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire (and the youngest of the famously witty brood of writers, agitators, and icons), recounted her eventful life with wit and grace. All in One Basket collects the Duchess of Devonshire’s breezy, occasional writings and provides a disarming look at a life lived with great zest and originality.

All in One Basket
combines two earlier collections, Counting My Chickens and Home to Roost, its sequel, which was never published in the United States. In these pages, we hear anecdotes about famous friends from Evelyn Waugh to John F. Kennedy; tales of struggle and success at Chatsworth, England's greatest stately home; and of course the tales of her beloved chickens, which the Duchess began raising as a child for pocket money. In All in One Basket, glamorous recollections happily coexist with practical insights into country life, and the result is a revelatory, intimate portrait of a woman described by The New York Times as a “national treasure.”


About Deborah Mitford Duchess of Devonshire

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Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire, is the sister of Nancy, Pamela, Tom, Diana, Unity, and Jessica Mitford. She is a past president of the Royal Agricultural Society of England and of the Royal Smithfield Club.
Published September 13, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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In this shrewd, witty, and entertaining volume—which combines two of Mitford's previous books, Counting My Chickens and Home to Roost, with three unreleased pieces—the Duchess, known as "Debo" to her friends, discusses her childhood and family (the noted Mitford sisters), and her home at Chat...

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