HOUSE FULL OF DAUGHTERS: A Memoir of Seven GenerationsJULIET NICOLSON Book Number: 86991 Product format: Paperback
A book about seven generations of women in one family, that of the author, beginning with the birth of her grandmother's grandmother in 1830, right up to the story in 2015. The historical span stretches from 19th century southern Spain, through the diplomatic world of Washington DC at the end of the Civil War, to England's Edwardian house parties, the wartime deprivation of the 1940s, London in the 1960s, and Manhattan during the boom years of the 1980s, before concluding in England in a new century. There are beautiful places in the story like Knole and Sissinghurst. A family of aristocratic publishers, diplomats and artists, the family has resided in these two great houses of England. Juliet accepted the lore that was handed down and heard the tales of the dangerous beauty of her flamenco dancing great, great grandmother Pepita, the flirty manipulations of her great grandmother Victoria, the infamous eccentricity of her grandmother Vita Sackville-West, and of her mother's Tory-conventional background. Nicolson, a distinguished historian, started to ask questions, and as she did, sifted fact from fiction, uncovering details and secrets long held just out of sight. The book is a veritable 'who do you think you are?', from the 19th century slums of Malaga to the knife-edge that was New York City in the 80s. It is also a mesmerising story of daughterhood. 326pp in paperback, many photos.
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