Books: All in the Family

THE PURSUIT OF LOVE (247 pp.) —Nancy Mitford—Random House ($2.50).

Nancy Mitford has written five novels, but her latest has the qualities of a first-rate first novel. This comedy of aristocratic manners that is a best-seller in England has freshness, spontaneity, characters that seem to have stepped out of the author's life—which is precisely what most of Pursuit's characters have done.

The Honorable Nancy Freeman-Mitford is eldest (42) and perhaps least strange of the six daughters of David Bertram Ogilvy Freeman-Mitford, second Baron Redesdale. She is the wife of the Hon. Peter Murray Rennell Rodd, who is an ex-lieutenant colonel in the Welsh...

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