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  1. Charming, affable, and short - not in any sense a full memoir of the 11th Duke of Devonshire, but rather sketches from his interesting and varied life (1920-2004).The Dukes of Devonshire - Cavendish family - should not be considered in the same class as the "Downton Abbey" people - they are a few levels above that. Definitely "silver spoon" category. But the Cavendishes of the 20th century made a series of very interesting marriages, so the 11th Duke has a wide variety of diverse and unexpected [...]

  2. Published posthumously, these are the memoirs of Andrew Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire. It is light, dry, often humorous. Told in subject vignettes, it gives many tastes of what life was like for the upper classes before and after World War II. Great photos and interesting details about Chatsworth, Lismore Castle and the Devonshire estate. You get an excellent sense of what a decent and likable man he was.

  3. Written as a series of anecdotes, the dry style took a little getting used to, but I suspect that was very much the way he was. Sweet and self-depreciating, and not at all what I was expecting. Then again, being quiet would probably have been the safest way to cope with marriage to Debo.

  4. I have wanted to read this book since I visited Chatsworth in 2006. The family has an amazing story and Chatsworth is amazing!

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