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Wigs on the Green

Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
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Eugenia Malmains is one of the richest girls in England and an ardent supporter of Captain Jack and the Union Jack shirts; Noel and Jasper are both in search of an heiress (so much easier than trying to work for the money); Poppy and Marjorie are nursing lovelorn hearts; and the beautiful bourgeois Mrs Lace is on the prowl for someone to lighten the boredom of her life. They all congregate near Eugenia’s fabulous country home at Chalford, and much farce ensues. One of Nancy Mitford’s earliest novels, 'Wigs on the Green' skewers her family and their beliefs with her customary jewelled barbs. But there is froth and comedy here too.

©1935 The Estate of Nancy Mitford (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • 13-04-13

Transports you back in time.

Clever characterisation of hooray henrys and henriettas between the World Wars. Daft and harmless fun.

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  • Loretta Malakie
  • 23-09-20

Laff out loud funny & the reading makes it funnier

I'm not even sure I would have enjoyed this book as much if I had just sat down and read it. The reader, Jenny Agutter, added so much to the delivery and really "played" the characters to the hilt. Her delivery was hilarious. Novel worth checking out. Not Mitford's best, but funny and conjures up the Evelyn Waugh "Vile Bodies" set. Mitford's send up of fascism was very cuttingly funny- too cutting sometimes because in real life her sister- whom she's obviously lampooning here- went nuts, became this acolyte of Hitler, and ended up shooting herself the day England declared war on Germany (or the day Germany declared war on England, I forget which one). So, as funny as the character based on the sister is, you can't help get shivers at what eventually happened. The character is kind of mentally ill, and that's a blast in the novel, but in real life it did not work out. And just fascism in general: Mitford kind of cops out and doesn't take it seriously in this novel, she thinks it's all a joke. It's kind of a moral cop out, her lack of a political stance in such an existentially hyper-politicized era, imho. Or maybe this is her political stance, and it's just too nuanced for me to get it. In any case, this was such a fun listen. Highly recommended.

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  • Catherine
  • 12-03-20

Brilliant Brava to Misses Mitford and Agutter

Mitford is at her sparkling best, seeing delicious, irreverent humor in — gasp — the Nazi movement. Thanks to Agutter, this farce can best be seen in the reader’s very own mind. No film could ever compete. Jenny Agutter brings the words to life, neither overdoing nor undergoing the great ironic, humorous scenes of English country life. I can hear her smiling as she shares a joke — we are insiders together. Mitford and Agutter: What a perfect combination.