Family Romance: A Love Story

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Penguin, Jan 29, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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The author of The Debt to Pleasure digs into his family's extraordinary past in a memoir as enthralling as his finest fiction

It was only when his mother died that John Lanchester realized how little he really knew about his parents. With the cache of letters and papers she left behind, he set out to reconstruct just who his parents had been. In doing so, he did much more than trace the remarkable story of a reluctant international banker, a secretive former nun, and the life they shared; he also gained extraordinary insight into his own nature and a deeper understanding of the universal push-pull of family love-and family loss. Part detective work, part evocation of character, this is, above all, compelling storytelling.
 

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User Review  - Annabel1954 - LibraryThing

A rather wordy story based on family history in late 1900s John Lancaster the author was born ib 1962 in england and he has done a commendible job of researching and retelling his heritage Read full review

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User Review  - vguy - LibraryThing

Well written but perhaps a bit too much of it. Feel he is looking for something, but not quite clear what. Gives a sense of how the British character seems to have changed in our lifetime, from the ... Read full review

Contents

 
PROLOGUE
LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO
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LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO
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BTJ
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2
POSTCOLONIAL BOY
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SISTER EUCHARIA
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COLONIAL BOY
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WHO KILLED SHIVAUN CUNNINGHAM?
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FAMILY ROMANCE
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 
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About the author (2008)

John Lanchester is the author of The Debt to Pleasure (winner of the Whitbread and Hawthornden prizes) and Mr. Phillips. Raised in Hong Kong, he now lives in London with his wife and sons.

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