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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (900 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deborah Mitford Narrator: Anne Flosni Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire, is the youngest of the famously witty brood that includes the writers Jessica and Nancy, who wrote when Deborah was born, “How disgusting of the poor darling to go and be a girl.” Deborah’s effervescent memoir Wait for Me! chronicles her remarkable life, from an eccentric but happy childhood in the Oxfordshire countryside, to tea with Adolf Hitler and her controversially political sister Unity in 1937, to her marriage to the second son of the Duke of Devonshire. Her life would change utterly with his unexpected inheritance of the title and vast estates after the wartime death of his brother, who had married Kick Kennedy, the beloved sister of John F. Kennedy. Her friendship with that family would last through triumph and tragedy.

With its intense warmth and charm, Wait for Me! is a unique portrait of an age and an unprecedented look at the rhythms of life inside one of the great aristocratic families of England. It is irresistible listening and will join the shelf of Mitford classics to delight audiences for years to come.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Wait for Me!…teem[s] with memories of love, war, betrayal, heartbreak, housekeeping, and frolic…tantalizing…riveting.

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Funny, loving, sparkly, snarky, heartbreaking, chilling, gossipy, wise.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Charming, captivating, and at times wickedly funny. ‘Wait for Me!’ was the refrain of young ‘Debo’, the baby of the family. Now ninety, she has caught up beautifully.”


  • “Admirably done, cannily blending disclosure and reticence in a charming book that kept me riveted.”

    Guardian (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Debbie | 2/19/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book.....sounds like a sensible woman! Some fascinating insights into influential people and events during the 20th century, and an interesting look at how the 'other half' live (not that much differently - give or take the odd eccentricity and landed estate). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ted Bell | 2/3/2014

    " So far, so good. If you haven't read her book, 'Counting My Chickens', you're in for a wonderful time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laurie | 1/27/2014

    " Because I'm so interested in the Mitford family, I'll keep this book even though Deborah (Mitford) Devonshire's writing is not up to the family standard. In terms of short anecdotes, yes...she can be very amusing. She lets her biases show, as do all her sisters who have published books, but there isn't much to back her statements up. She is very interesting when she talks of historical figures, especially as she introduces them in such a way that you don't feel she's name dropping. I would have preferred Mitford to talk more candidly about difficult times in her life...when you're over 90, surely you don't need to worry what anyone thinks anymore! She is quite candid about her husband's alcoholism, so speaking of her many miscarriages, or caring for Nancy during her fatal bout with cancer, or her parent's antipathy for each other over the players in WWII. This would only interest people who like to read about England between the wars; after that, there's not much else. More pictures would have been lovely, too... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paula | 1/27/2014

    " If picking up this memoir as a first in the Mitford "collection", I advise a different starting point. Dowager Duchess assumes you have a working knowledge of the good bad and ugly of each of the sisters details. Her life reelection is light and delightful and very discreet. "

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About the Author

Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire, is the sister of Nancy, Pamela, Tom, Diana, Unity, and Jessica Mitford. She is a past president of the Royal Agricultural Society of England and of the Royal Smithfield Club. She is the author of a number of books, including Counting My Chickens…, Home to Roost, and Round About Chatsworth.