Darling: A razor-sharp, gloriously funny retelling of Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love

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Darling: A razor-sharp, gloriously funny retelling of Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love

Darling: A razor-sharp, gloriously funny retelling of Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love

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However, Jassie is a much more interesting character this time, about the only thing better in the book, even if she didn’t run away.

No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins. What an extra treat to have read it right after having read the original Mitford‘s one, all the details India Knight wove in shone even brighter. Their unique, somewhat cloistered, childhood let their imaginations run rife; growing up is an adventure. What it lacks in original storytelling, Darling more than makes up for in atmosphere and fresh jokes. Fran is grounded yet not without her own whimsey, and they are the perfect pairing to get up to low-stakes mischief.It was like being invited into a family, one that has their own idiosyncrasies, language, and being let in on their inside jokes as they make fun of people. It takes chutzpah to tackle a national treasure as jealously loved and gatekept as Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love. The plot remains very much the same; Knight has taken few liberties, but has recast the beloved characters and story in a modern mould. You can almost feel Knight giggling as she invents a new lexicon for the Radletts: “If people were short – all the Radletts were long-limbed and rangy and viewed short people with fascination and envy (‘It must be so cosy to be short,’ Linda said) – we’d say they were ‘still growing’, even if they were adults: ‘What’s she like? I'm glad that I read the original text that this retelling is taken from so that I had that knowledge of the storyline and could appreciate the masterful way that India Knight has revamped the story but kept the heart of the characters the same.

Beautiful, guileless aristocrat Linda Radlett falls disastrously in love with a rich banker and then a broke radical before finding happiness with an urbane Frenchman. Her story is told by Fran, the cousin who had been sent to grow up with the Radletts when it became clear that her care-free mother couldn’t give her the stable childhood she needed.

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Her updates are so so clever - Uncle Matthew is a cantankerous retired rock star living in rural Norfolk with bad wifi and little phone signal, and Auntie Sadie is posh Anglo-Indian boho, while Lord Merlin is now a sort of combination of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano (the doves dyed pastel colours totally fit! To become a subscriber to Slightly Foxed: The Real Reader’s Quarterly Magazine, please visit our subscriptions page. Of course, she is beautiful, with an innate sense of style; every girl wants to be her, every guy wants to be with her. But if you adore the source material, I think you are likely to find loads of pleasure in this loving homage.But this is only the beginning of Linda’s pursuit of love, a journey that will be wilder, more surprising and more complicated than she could ever have imagined. However, we are reaching out to the Catholic community and readership, that has been so loyal to the Catholic Herald. Although Linda believes she wants to be free from the family confines, really she only dreams of romance and marriage. Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here.

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