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

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I came across at least three sentences which made me stumble, because there are mistakes in them which should have been sorted out. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. But I will stop listing them now, as you really need to read them in their wonderfully written rant mode to fully appreciate them!

I have done ever since I picked up a copy of Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison when I was 13 and would spend hours laughing over every sentence.Even so, this is a gorgeously bittersweet portrait of growing up, where happiness is only ever fleeting. Read more about the condition Very Good: A book that has been read and does not look new, but is in excellent condition. 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. You need to know and love Nancy Mitford's "The Pursuit of Love" to really appreciate this very clever updating of the novel for the 2020s. Big love too for Nina Stibbe - the Lizzie Vogle trilogy are inspired works of comic fiction, full of well drawn observations of people's little quirks and foibles.

Here are all the old favourites – gorgeous Linda, irascible Uncle Matthew, husky-voiced Bolter – brought up-to-date and reimagined by Knight. 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. The neighborhood looks different too, but she’s still the same woman and it’s still the same place, and as the past erupts into view, they slowly collide.This book had an interesting storytelling style, where the character at the central of the story (Linda) wasn’t the main narrator (Franny).

What could have been a disaster - a modern reimagining of Nancy Mitford's superlative comedy of manners The Pursuit of Love - is an absolute triumph. Briefly, then, for that reader: teenage Linda Radlett lives in “the very definition of emptiness” (north Norfolk).This is perhaps because Knight, free from the innate pressures of the roman à clef, has enough distance for clarity. The book is narrated by Frances, a cousin of the Radlett siblings, who has been sent to live with her Aunt Sadie and Uncle Matthew by her flaky mother. Without a formal education Linda’s head is permanently in the clouds, but her natural curiosity and sharp mind means she has no qualms about her unconventional schooling, and absolutely no pretentions.

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