A House Full of Daughters by Juliet Nicolson
Apply for a copy of one of our non-fiction book club choices this month – Juliet Nicolson tells the story of her investigation into the nature of memory, the past, and above all, love.
All families have their myths and Juliet Nicolson’s was no different: 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 conventional Tory background. 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, and Chelsea in the 1960s, 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.
Praise for the hardback:
“Original and illuminating… gallops through seven generations with confidence and ease: it is funny in parts, painful in others but always honest” – Guardian
“A marvelous writer, with a wonderful eye for detail” – New York Times Book Review
“Surprisingly affecting…impressively understated…remarkably sad” – Sunday Times
“I couldn’t put it down…Enthralling, touching and beautifully written” – Joanna Lumley
“Combines history with memoir in a way that both historians and memoirists should envy” – Lady Antonia Fraser
About the author
Juliet Nicolson is the author of two works of history, The Great Silence: 1918–1920 Living in the Shadow of the Great War and The Perfect Summer: Dancing into Shadow in 1911, and a novel, Abdication. The granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson and the daughter of Nigel Nicolson, she is part of a renowned and much-scrutinised family and the latest in the family line of record-keepers of the past.
To win one of 25 copies of the book, just answer the simple question, and fill out the form below. This competition will close on 16 March. All winners will be notified by email.