Sunday, March 27, 2011 | Categories: Books
Debbo Mitford was the last of seven children - one of a brood of six sisters and a brother - born to the Baron and Baroness of Redesdale in England in the 1920's.
The Mitfords grew up in countryhouses but because their mother didn't believe in schools they had little formal education - and yet, all of them lead remarkable - sometimes notorious - lives.
The Mitford sisters, including Unity, Jessica and Nancy, have been described as, "the fascist, the communist, the novelist, the duchess, and the "you-know-what-bian" - which was how Jessica described her sister Pamela, who was a lesbian.
Debbo Mitford, who became the Duchess of Devonshire when she married, has written a memoir about growing up and living in the company of these extraordinary women.
The Duchess is now just days shy of her 91st birthday. Her twelfth book, Wait For Me! looks back over an extraordinary life, which included artists and writers and politicians. She took tea with Hitler, entertained Evelyn Waugh, and knew the Kennedy's well.
We reached Her Grace, Deborah Vivienne Cavendish, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire is at her home at The Old Vicarage in Edensore, Derbyshire, England.