Deborah Devonshire – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 12

Please accept my apologies this is a late post as will be the 13th of Decembers. I need a lovely shiny new laptop to fall out of my advent calendar, or just find one on a pavement whilst walking home, or maybe a Christmas angel could send me one magically…

So for today’s giveaway I wanted to give you a book that I haven’t read yet but will DEFINITELY be curling up with over Christmas and that is Deborah Devonshire’s latest collection of memoirs, essays, ‘occasional writings’ and the like ‘All In One Basket’ which is made up of two of her other works ‘Home To Roost’ and ‘Counting My Chickens’ (so actually I have read some of it but re-reading it will be a joy) and a few lovely extras.

I love Debo’s sense of humour, no matter how wry or how arch it gets – in fact the more the merrier, and as you will know I love all things Mitford sister, of which she is the last. So while I am curled up with it maybe you can be to?

All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me what the best story about a grand old house you have read is (this links in with the fact that Debo writes a lot about Chatsworth, though not in a fictional way) and two of you could be very lucky and have some utter comfort and joy ahead. You have until 11am on the 16th of December. Good luck.

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13 responses to “Deborah Devonshire – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 12

  1. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith – not exactly a grand old house, but a tumble down castle inhabited by eccentric family – is one of my favourite EVER books. Witty and compelling from the first line: “I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.’

    Love the Nancy and the other Mitford sisters’ writing, and love DD’s books.

  2. Susan in TX

    You finally tempted me more than I could bear, and I have to enter this one. 🙂 I must say Rebecca’s Manderley (does that curry extra favor in the giveaway? 😉 ). Actually, you didn’t specify if this was a local or world wide giveaway, so if local that will knock me out, but I will completely understand! I think for one who claims to not like Christmas, that you are doing a great job of spreading cheer. It’s been nice to read about the different books each day and why you chose each one. I hope your Christmas angel delivers!

  3. Emma

    I would say Rebecca would be one of my favourites with a grand old house featuring strongly in it too.
    I also loved The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield which had a Rebecca type of feel to it.

  4. I’d go for I capture the castle myself. Loved the story.

  5. michelle

    This is too tempting for me to resist too! Thanks for the lovely giveaway. Am much fascinated by the Mitford sisters and this sounds like a lovely collection.
    I have not read many stories with grand old houses, but the one which has made quite a lasting impression would be Hundreds Hall in The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. I find the name truly captivating.

  6. gaskella

    It’s got to be Brideshead Revisited for me as top dog, but the crumbling Hundreds Hall comes a close second. Thanks.

  7. dominic

    is the pursuit of love by big sister nancy too obvious? don’t really mind since alconleigh is nirvana & the youngest sister jass (long your nickname) is obviously debo & thus You! shameless crawling aside, there could be no other choice.

  8. Janet D

    I choose The Glass Room by Simon Mawer which has lived on in my mind since I read it. Please add me as I am also fascinated by the Mitford clan.

  9. Sue

    ‘The Pursuit of Love’ and ‘Love in a Cold Climate’ – Nancy Mitford used details of her aristocratic but impoverished childhood with verylittle disguise.

    The letters of Deborah Devonshire and Patrick Leigh-Fermor give a unusual glimpse of Chatsworth and the other Devonshire houses plus the houses and events held in them of friends and associates.

    This is one of the books that I selected for my Mum to buy me for Christmas but I have a friend who would be delighted to to have it.

  10. Henrietta

    The House at Green Knowe by Lucy Boston is still fascinating, and like Janet, The Glass Room of Simon Mawers is wonderful.

    I read “Wait for me” earlier this year, and would love to continue in the same vein.

  11. Bet

    A book I enjoyed about a great old house is The Priory by Dorothy Whipple.

    A true story about a family pile is The Guynd by Belinda Rathbone. An American girl marries a Scottish laird and tries to deal with his ancestral home and the responsibility thereof. It was quite an eye-opener for me!

  12. While perhaps not the cheeriest of grand old houses, who can forget Hundreds Hall in Sarah Waters ‘The Little Stranger’!? Definitely a house for spooky hide-and-go-seek if you’re brave *shivers*.

    And hopefully Debo has many more stories still to share. She’s on my list of guests to have at the ultimate dinner party.

  13. Marte

    Simon Mawer – The glass room. And Sarah Waters – The little stranger.

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