This zany novel about growing up in England among the privileged and eccentric and finding love in all the wrong places has been adapted into a star-studded television series.
Nancy Mitford based her best-known novel's characters on her own famously unconventional family. We meet the Radletts through the eyes of their cousin Fanny, who is visiting their estate in Gloucestershire. The Pursuit of Love follows Linda, the most beautiful and wayward Radlett daughter, as she falls for a stuffy Tory politician, then an ardent Communist, and finally a French duke naive. Her hysterical exploits vividly evoke the lost opulence of aristocratic life in England in the interwar years.