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‘Beautifully written.’ Valerie Grove, the days ‘Martini-dry wit.’ Irish instances ‘Often natural Wodehouse.’ monetary occasions ‘Uncompromising.’ A.N. Wilson, Sunday Telegraph ‘It has all her charm.’ Laura Thompson, an outstanding learn, BBC Radio four ‘Brilliant.’ night usual ‘A lifetime of Contrasts is a candid, page-turning memoir, written by means of a girl who will—without any doubt—be seen via heritage as probably the most interesting personalities of the 20th Century.’ Mary S. Lovell ‘Lady Mosley writes tremendous well… Her publication reads like magnificent speak; her characters reside and die in one phrase… An autobiography of genuine distinction.' Jonathan Raban, Sunday occasions ‘I envy any reader coming for the 1st time to a lifetime of Contrasts, Diana Mosley’s account of her personal eventful earlier, for he has a unprecedented deal with in entrance of him.’ Selina Hastings ‘Sharp, a laugh and well-written’ Hugh Thomas, New Statesman ‘Wholly if grittily, a Mitford book… the reader should be flung among pride and dismay as he reads on… To all these now not averse to a bit powdered glass of their Bombe shock: enjoy.’ the days ‘Other contributors of the Mitford relations should not have the monopoly of amazing and a laugh writing.’ The Tatler ‘She emerges between all else as feminine…’ Mary Warnock, The Listener ‘Animated and revealing.’ Hibernia ‘Witty and amusing.’ Catholic usher in ‘She was once essentially a star.’ Anne de Courcy within the Viceroy’s Daughters The hilarious autobiography of the main glamorous of the intense younger issues. Diana Mitford describes within the inimitable Mitford means the way it took place that either Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler loved her, and Evelyn Waugh and Oswald Mosley fell in love with her.

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And yes, the 17th–22nd will be just fine. I shall sleepwalking and daydreaming try to sweep out my brains for the occasion. The diary is giving me no end of trouble, and I sink back from it in despair a dozen times a day. If only I had a bit of your courage. But that is youth, and I must do with what I have left. I think I’ll try to go to Troy for an overnight. I desire so much to finish the Crematorium. Then you and I can go there together in April if you wish. It’s a lovely ride up there and we can talk all the way.

After which I wrote my column for the medical magazine to which I am indentured six times a year. v. to those who have requested it. So you can see that I stir about. How it is accomplished I cannot say. From what I read daily in the newspapers about the evils of excess, I might as well relax. Between vodka and tobacco and lamb chops, the timbers of my wretched vessel are already too rotted to be seaworthy. Which suits me fine, as I am in my place and intend to stay put. Later. Just home from the opera.

Never forget, Peter, that you, the artist, are at the whim, caprice, and ignorance of the fakers. They have the money; you need it. Simple as that. If ever you meet a woman named Linda Gutstein (Lear’s), give her the finger for me. Love Richard ________________________ April 5, 1989 Dear Peter, Your magnificent pacquet arrived today. Best is your own marvelous letter and the play. It is a triumphant, brilliant play. I am blown away by it—the insights and the subtleties. And the smoking! You wretch, to aim at my heart so.

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