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Lady Addle Remembers: Being the Memoirs of Lady Addle of Eigg (1936)

by Mary Dunn

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A wonderful, satirical look at the British Aristocracy. The book is very funny; early in the book Lady Addle remarks about a great-uncle who'd distinguished himself at Waterloo, "by fighting his way thought a phalanx of travellers and reaching the booking-office first". This event cost him the loss of a right sleeve. These sorts of stories prevail as she discusses the scandal surrounding her brother at a croquet game, her relationship with her mother-in-law, and her much-married sister. The book is topped off with hilarious captions to real Victorian pictures. Well worth the read! ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
Spoof of the aristocratic Edwardian upbringing of Lady Blanche Addle of Eigg; she recalls her illustrious ancestors 'a great uncle distinguished himself splendidly at Waterloo by fighting his way through a phalanx of travellers and reaching the booking office first'; her coming-out ball 'my dress was simple and dainty in the extreme being made entirely of quilted bombazine caught up over a heavy white ottoman'; and a trip to India where she was invited to the summer palace of 'the vastly rich Nizam of Chortlepugger...in order to hear his famous singing elephants'.
Quite amusing; as I read it I could imagine it being narrated by Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphries)!' ( )
  starbox | Oct 25, 2012 |
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Being the delicious, pompous, outrageous and gloriously funny memoirs of Lady Blanche Addle of Eigg (nee Coot of Coot's Balder). Lady addle, when asked, nay begged, to write her memoirs, at first hesitated. She has played halma with Lord Salisbury, knitted a comforter for a king, bicycled with Bismarck. It was not fitting, she thought, to write of such intimate moments. But finally, conceding that it was her duty to England, she consented to reveal All. Here are her memories of childhood at Coot's Balder, her whirlwind romance of only three years followed by Wedding of the Year to John Hector Murdoch Hirsuite McClutch, 17th Baron of Eigg (bridesmaids wore dresses of tartan serge with chip hats trimmed with thistles), and the story of her sister, dear, brave Mipsie, who underwent such tragedy and sorrow that in middle-age her hair turned chestnut in a single night.
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