Teaser Tuesday: ASHFORD Bibliography

In the not too distant future, a list of some of the sources I used while researching The Ashford Affair will pop up on the Diversions page. It’s by no means an exhaustive list (compiling these things months after the fact always leads to omissions, some deliberate, some accidental), but it gives you an idea.

Here’s a preview of that bibliography….


Cannadine, David. The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy.
Carnarvon, Countess of. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey.
Carpenter, Humphrey. The Brideshead Generation: Evelyn Waugh and his Friends.
Cartland, Barbara. We Danced All Night.
Cooper, Diana. Autobiography.
De Courcy, Anne. The Viceroy’s Daughters.
Eksteins, Modris. Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age.
Fussell, Paul. The Great War and Modern Memory.
Graves, Robert. Goodbye to All That: An Autobiography.
Graves, Robert. The Long Week-End: A Social History of Britain, 1918-1939.
Lovell, Mary S. The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family.
Mitford, Jessica. Hons and Rebels.
Mosley, Charlotte. The Mitfords: Letters between Six Sisters.
Nicolson, Juliet. The Perfect Summer: England, 1911.
Nicolson, Juliet. The Great Silence: Britain from the First World War to the Dawn of the Jazz Age.
Norwich, John Julius, ed. The Duff Cooper Diaries.
Stannard, Martin. Evelyn Waugh: The Early Years, 1903-1939.
Taylor, D.J. Bright Young People: The Lost Generation of London’s Jazz Age.
Tuchman, Barbara. The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War.
Tuchman, Barbara. The Guns of August.


Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass.
Fox, James. White Mischief: The Murder of Lord Erroll.
Hartley, Jean. Memories of Kenya: Stories of the Pioneers.
Huxley, Elspeth. The Flame Trees of Thika.
Huxley, Elspeth. The Mottled Lizard.
Huxley, Elspeth. Out in the Midday Sun.
Huxley, Elspeth, ed. Pioneers’ Scrapbook: Reminiscences of Kenya.
Markham, Beryl. West with the Night.
Nicholls, C.S. Elspeth Huxley: A Biography.
Osborne, Frances. The Bolter.
Spicer, Paul. The Temptress: The Scandalous Life of Alice de Janze.
Thurman, Judith. Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller.
Trzebinski, Errol. The Kenya Pioneers.
Warner, Kaki. Night of the Lions.
Wheeler, Sarah. Too Close to the Sun: The Audacious Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton.


  1. Elizabeth Kerri Mahon on September 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    It’s amazing how many books on the England part of the bibliography I’ve already read, and I’ve just taken D.J. Taylor’s book out of the library. Another good one is Paula Bryne’s book about Evelyn Waugh and the real family who inspired Brideshead Revisisted.

  2. HJ on September 18, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I think I’m going to pass the “if you like” test for Ashford, judging by the very high proportion of these books which I have read! Just a few to add to my “must read” list…

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