Magazine article The Spectator

Helpful Hints for Holloway

Magazine article The Spectator

Helpful Hints for Holloway

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For some rea son you don't expect people to be fans of the Mitford sisters, as others are fans of Doctor Who or Justin Bieber. But just in case this subset of humanity does exist, we have Th e M i t fo rd G i r l s' Gu id e to L i fe (The H i story Pre s s , £12 .99). Lynd sy Spence's elegant little hardback is a compendium of all things Mitford, from family nicknames ('Sir Ogre' for Sir Oswald Mosley) and fashion tips (tweed sk i r t s on ly on weekdays) to Pamela's household hints ('choose an aga to match one's eye s') and D iana's guide to prison life (take a fur coat to use as a blanket, use congealed hot chocolate as face cream).

True Mitford fans probably know all this stuff anyway, but for the rest of us it's upper-class British eccent r icity d i st i l led to it s e s sence , l ike Camp co f fee , except po s sibly camper. …

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