Have You Been Good? A Memoir

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Publisher's Synopsis

Vanessa Nicolson is the granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. She was born to an illustrious name and an unhappy marriage. Her father, the art historian Ben Nicolson, was homosexual and his marriage to Vanessa's Italian mother fell apart when Vanessa was very young. In this powerful and meditative memoir she chronicles her disjointed childhood and reckless youth, including holidays at Sissinghurst Castle with her cousins, and her experience of a liberal English boarding school. Interlinked with her story is that of her daughter Rosa, who died, aged 19. This book is a meditation on the threads of love and loss that weave through a life and an examination of the meaning of cultural privilege in the context of emotional deprivation.

Book information

ISBN: 9781783780785
Publisher: Granta Publications
Imprint: Granta Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 941.085092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 311
Weight: 258g
Height: 200mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 21mm