Counting My Chickens . . .

And Other Home Thoughts

The Duchess of Devonshire, with an introduction by Tom Stoppard

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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A unique window on an extraordinary life lived with tremendous zest, discrimination, and intelligence

The Duchess of Devonshire is the youngest of the Mitford siblings, the famous brood that includes the writers Nancy and Jessica. Like them, she has lived an unusually full and remarkable life, and like them she has an inimitable expressive gift. In Counting My Chickens, she has gathered extracts from her diaries and other writings to create a multifaceted portrait of her life at Chatsworth, the home of the Dukes of Devonshire, that is pithy, hilarious, wise, and always richly rewarding.

Under the Duchess's inspired supervision, Chatsworth has become one of England's most frequently visited great houses, welcoming over 400,000 visitors a year. The Duchess reveals what it takes to keep such an establishment alive and prospering, tells of transporting a goat by train from the Scottish island of Mull to London, discusses having her portrait painted by Lucian Freud, and provides rich reminisces of growing up a Mitford--along with telling anecdotes about friends from Evelyn Waugh to John F. Kennedy. From Tom Stoppard's adoring Introduction to the author's meditation on the beauty of Elvis Presley's voice, COUNTING MY CHICKENS offers continuous surprise and delight.

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Counting My Chickens...And Other Home Thoughts
DIARIESThe first sentence of a diary given to a nine-year-old child at Christmas, written on New Year's Day and kept faithfully till at least 10 January, was 'got up, dressed, had breakfast.' The first sentence of a book is a different matter and very difficult indeed. I have been pondering over this for some time. I asked my sister Jessica what to do. She tells me that in America, if you pay some money, you can get advice as to how to begin and then go on to be a famous author. They say put down 'the' on a bit of paper, add some words, keep on

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"[Counting My Chickens] is more entertaining than anything I could say about it." --P.J. Kavanaugh, The Spectator

"Many distinguished people have known the pleasures of a ducal weekend at Chatsworth--not least Sir Tom Stoppard, who has provided an affectionate introduction. For those of us less fortunate, this charming collection of family stories, portraits of friends, thoughts on this and that, and snapshots of life at the great house is the next best thing. The tales of the Duchess's Mitford childhood come wonderfully fresh-minted . . . 'just the entertainment for a winter's night.'" --Christopher Matthew, The Daily Mail (London)

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The Duchess of Devonshire, with an introduction by Tom Stoppard

The Duchess of Devonshire is the sister of Nancy, Pamela, Tom, Diana, Unity, and Jessica Mitford. She is past president of the Royal Agricultural Society of England and of The Royal Smithfield Club.

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Counting My Chickens . . .
And Other Home Thoughts
The Duchess of Devonshire, with an introduction by Tom Stoppard

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
October 2002
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ISBN: 9781466806153
ISBN10: 146680615X
208 pages, Drawings
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