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

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but I never actually believed it; the smug privilege and pointlessness of just about everyone in the book left me struggling to understand why I was supposed to care for or about any of them - it's all very well to employ character stereotypes for a fun shorthand so the audience knows what to expect, but to never step beyond the stereotypes is the mark of a lazy author.

Knight’s characters are sparky and fun, and in some cases their relationships are crafted with more care than in Mitford’s original. Tony is still a very dull banker, Christian is a poet and Fabrice owns a few boutique hotels in Paris.India Knight takes on the mighty task of re-imagining Nancy Mitford's classic comedy of manners, The Pursuit of Love. In the author’s reimagining, Linda and her siblings grow up as “utter freaks” on the sprawling Alconleigh farm in north Norfolk. The Pursuit of Love has scarcely been out of print since initial publication, and is not yet out of copyright. OK – so I need to hold my hands up first and say I’ve never read ‘The Pursuit of Love’ by Nancy Mitford – so whilst this is a retelling – it was a brand new story / set of characters for me – but as a fan of India Knight’s writing I requested an ARC from NetGalley. a recruitment officer representing four Russell Group universities asked an undercover reporter for the Sunday Times.

Linda's strict, former rock star father terrifies any potential suitors away, while her bohemian mother, wafting around in silver jewellery, answers Linda's urgent questions about love with upsettingly vivid allusions to animal husbandry. The Things That We Lost is a beautifully tender exploration of family, loss and how far we will go to protect the ones we love. I also heartily disliked the only India Knight book I have read because of the the smug middle class protagonists, almost all awful people.Mitford never wrote a really good marriage (Fanny’s husband, in Pursuit and sequels, is the very definition of a nonentity), and it’s tempting to wonder whether she ever could. Sharp, topical, and powerful, Hyper is a story about what remains of our humanity in a world increasingly dominated by the flows of capital. Após este período, o valor da mensalidade será cobrado automaticamente, por meio do método de pagamento cadastrado.

The characters are all brilliantly written – with Uncle Matthew my favourite, with some amazing one liners – and lists of things he hates.

I avoided watching, because the Wes Andersonification of my greatest literary succour seemed likely to burst every vein in my eyeballs. There are good lovely things, owned by the creative bohemians (squashy sofas, dogs, “square-cut antique emerald cufflinks”), and bad lovely things, owned by the Ukip-voting parvenus (Hunter wellies) and the faux-commie Etonians (slim hardback novels).

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