Bad Blood: A Memoir

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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Bestselling author Lorna Sage delivers the tragicomic memoirof her escape from a claustrophobic childhood in post-WWII Britain—and thestory of the weddings and relationships that defined three generations of herfamily—in Bad Blood, an internationalbestseller and the winner of the coveted Whitbread Biography Award. Readers ofbooks like Angela’s Ashes and The Liar’s Club as well as fans ofSage’s own lucid and penetrating writing will be captivated by the book thatthe New York Times Book Review said“fills us with wonder and gratitude. . . . Few literary critics have everwritten anything so memorable.”
 

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User Review  - Citizenjoyce - LibraryThing

Some of the print reviews call this memoir tenderly written, an exuberant celebration, generous. I'm going to say no to all of that. For the most part the author is a sullen observer of miserable ... Read full review

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User Review  - ClicksClan - LibraryThing

Really enjoyed this, at time it kind of reminded me of Cider With Rosie. Liked the inclusion of the photographs (one a of Lorna and her brother reminded me of one of me and my brother). Would have ... Read full review

Contents

School
18
All Shook Up
191
LoveFifteen
206
Sunnyside
222
To the Devil a Daughter
237
Crosshouses
252
Afterword
279
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Page 68 - Thou seest, thou wicked varlet, now, what's come upon thee: thou art to continue, now, thou varlet; thou art to continue.
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Page 234 - Whenever I tried to raise the question, he'd stop me by saying that what I really wanted were babies. That was what all women wanted and what I wanted too, even though I said I didn't. Even more than I wanted to be a great woman writer, I wanted to bring life into the world, become a link in the

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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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