A House Full of Daughters
All families have their myths and legends. For many years Juliet Nicolson accepted hers – the dangerous beauty of her flamenco dancing great-great-grandmother Pepita, the flirty manipulation of her great-grandmother Victoria, the infamous eccentricity of her grandmother Vita, her mother’s... show more
All families have their myths and legends. For many years Juliet Nicolson accepted hers – the dangerous beauty of her flamenco dancing great-great-grandmother Pepita, the flirty manipulation of her great-grandmother Victoria, the infamous eccentricity of her grandmother Vita, her mother’s Tory-conventional background.
But then Juliet, a renowned historian, started to question. As she did so, she sifted fact from fiction, uncovering details and secrets long held just out of sight.
'A House Full of Daughters' takes us through seven generations of women. In the nineteenth-century slums of Malaga, the salons of fin-de-siècle Washington DC, an English boarding school during the Second World War, Chelsea in the 1960s, the knife-edge that was New York City in the 1980s, these women emerge for Juliet as people in their own right, but also as part of who she is and where she has come from.
Juliet finds uncomfortable patterns reflected in these distant and more recent versions of herself. She realises her challenge is to embrace the good and reject the hazards that have trapped past generations.
'A House Full of Daughters' is one woman’s investigation into the nature of family, memory, the past – and, above all, love. It brings with it messages of truth and hope for us all.
Publish date: 2016-03-24
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
This is a richly layered story, spanning 7 generations over 160 years, of 2 families (the Sackville-Wests and the Nicolsons) with a focus on the lives of the women. The author, a renowned historian, shares with the reader the lives of 7 women -- starting with her great-great Spanish grandmother Pepi...
bookshelves: published-2016, radio-4, nonfiction, spring-2016, autobiography-memoir, women, families, society Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners Read from April 13 to 22, 2016 BOTWhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0774ysdDescription: Juliet Stevenson reads Juliet Nicolson's journey through se...