The Horror of Love, By Lisa Hilton


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The legion of Mitford/Waugh fans will be familiar with the affair explored in these delectable pages.

Trapped in marriage to shifty bore Peter Rodd, Nancy Mitford fell for former resistance leader Gaston Palewski.

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Despite an unfortunate appearance, he was a babe killer incarnate. Intended conquest Virginia Forbes-Adam recalls him opening his door stark naked "in a state of considerable excitement".

No wonder Nancy coined the expression in the title but this worldly relationship worked. As Hilton notes, "Nancy decided that to elevate fidelity was…simply childish."