Nancy Mitford. Born 1 Graham Street (now Terrace) SW1 into the British aristocracy, the eldest of 7 siblings: Pamela, Thomas, Diana, Unity, Jessica, Deborah. Invented U and non-U linguistic usage. Novels include: The Pursuit of Love (1945) (great fun, we recommend it) and Love in a Cold Climate (1949). Died Versailles, France.
. "What a summer! Pouring rain varied only by occasional thunderstorms … I was photographed by Cecil Beaton this afternoon, a fantastic experience. ‘How do you manage to be so skinny with such ruddy cheeks?’ Too easy I might have replied, one has only to be crossed in love and adept at make-up." Nancy Mitford by Harold Acton