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  • The Mayfair Bookshop

  • A Novel of Nancy Mitford and the Pursuit of Happiness
  • By: Eliza Knight
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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The Mayfair Bookshop

By: Eliza Knight
Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon
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One of Hasty Booklist's Most Anticipated Historical Fiction Novels!

USA Today best-selling author Eliza Knight brings together a brilliant dual-narrative story about Nancy Mitford—one of 1930s London’s hottest socialites, authors, and a member of the scandalous Mitford Sisters—and a modern American desperate for change, connected through time by a little London bookshop.

“An absolute must-read!” (Madeline Martin, New York Times best-selling author The Last Bookshop in London)

1938: She was one of the six sparkling Mitford sisters, known for her stinging quips, stylish dress, and bright green eyes. But Nancy Mitford’s seemingly dazzling life was really one of turmoil: with a perpetually unfaithful and broke husband, two Nazi sympathizer sisters, and her hopes of motherhood dashed forever. With war imminent, Nancy finds respite by taking a job at the Heywood Hill Bookshop in Mayfair, hoping to make ends meet, and discovers a new life.

Present Day: When book curator Lucy St. Clair lands a gig working at Heywood Hill she can’t get on the plane fast enough. Not only can she start the healing process from the loss of her mother, it’s a dream come true to set foot in the legendary store. Doubly exciting: she brings with her a first edition of Nancy’s work, one with a somewhat mysterious inscription from the author. Soon, she discovers her life and Nancy’s are intertwined, and it all comes back to the little London bookshop—a place that changes the lives of two women from different eras in the most surprising ways. 

©2022 Eliza Knight (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Syd Young
  • 15-04-22

Perfectly Voices, Upliftingly Fun

Despite knowing that Nancy Mitford was a charming wit, I didn’t expect this book to be so refreshingly uplifting. Kudos to the author for achieving this, especially while writing during our darkest of times.

This book is such a worthy exploration of searching for happiness despite everything—I want to give it to ALL my friends. And the narrator’s voice perfectly captured Nancy’s tongue-in-cheek ways. Definitely worthwhile.

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  • Jann Webb
  • 04-06-22

A story I will always remember.

I was swept away on this beautiful journey of 3 wonderful women. A story that has reminded me of the importance of “The Pursuit of Happiness” just when I need it.

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  • Noda RN
  • 16-04-22

Charmed

Love love love. Had forgotten how much I enjoyed the Mitford clan in the past. Don’t miss it if you share the same memories

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  • Tulip73
  • 29-01-23

Wonderful!

Always love reading about Nancy Mitford! Great parallel story lines! Enjoyable and a lovely read!

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  • Pamela Pittman
  • 16-01-23

Such a lovely story

Characters you get to know. Just a lovely read. I felt as though I was living through the war, experiencing Nancy’s world and relationships. A real pleasure

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  • Chiti Kaunda
  • 27-12-22

Like watching a train wreck

Is this schadenfreude? The book is written as part mystery, part war romance, part historical fiction. Each part is woefully underwhelming. Based off of real stories of the Mitford family and the era of aristocracy among war, the story's main character Nancy is flabbergasting as she navigates the "toilsome" life of a British debutant and novelist. I cannot imagine what it must have been like to live amidst a family where socialists and Nazis held similar space, yet that is probably the most relevant to current day. The book failed entirely in keeping my attention but was like watching a train crash as the family's political dissonance and Nancy's epically disastrous love life create plenty to imagine yet failed to hold my attention. a long read or listen for that sake.

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  • MFamily
  • 16-05-22

Just wow.

Going into this book, I didn't know anything about the Mitford family other than what I'd heard about Unity. The author did a great job putting us in Nancy's perspective and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her and seeing how the family dynamics played out, while learning more about how the elite and everyday people in Great Britain reacted to their struggles during World War II.

I also enjoyed how the two storylines blended together. And I totally would have wanted to be one of the "Bright YoungThings."

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  • Lynne Denena
  • 30-04-22

Lovely

A lovely story about a lovely woman
along with her friends and family going through their lives during wartime London. History nicely tucked into each chapter gave a flavor of a “true story” experience.