Bad Blood (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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Blood trickles down through every generation, seeps into every marriage. An international bestseller and winner of the Whitbread Biography Award, Bad Blood is a tragicomic memoir of one woman's escape from a claustrophobic childhood in post-World War II Britain and the story of three generations of the author's family and its marriages.

In one of the most extraordinary memoirs of recent years, Bad Blood brings alive in vivid detail a time -- the '40s and '50s -- not so distant from us but now disappeared. As a portrait of a family and a young girl's place in it, it is unsurpassed.


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User Review  - 123bex - Goodreads

I can only imagine the people describing this as screechy and miserable are soulless and deficient. Yes, it's about an unhappy childhood, so it's hard reading at some points, but I call it triumphant ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kathleen - Goodreads

I read this memoir for weeks, not wanting it to end. Lorna Sage is not a typical girl of the late 1940's and '50's in England. In her early years she lives with her grandparents, who shape her ... Read full review


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About the author (2009)

An influential literary critic, Lorna Sage was a professor of English at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Her other books include Women in the House of Fiction, The Cambridge Guide to Women’s Writing in English, and a study of the novelist Angela Carter. She died in 2001.

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