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Sharing her family history of unique characters Joan Wyndham explores her ancestors' experiences of bygone eras, at home and at war. Starting with her aristocrat grandfather who built a vast Victorian country house in Wiltshire, entirely of green granite, and boasting forty bedrooms and a kitchen so far from the dining room that a miniature railway track had to be built to carry food from one place to the other! Drawing such varied house guests as prime minister Arthur Balfour, Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones, and Oscar Wilde and Bosie, this was a society where weekends were set aside for bed hopping. This was accepted provided you stuck to your own class, though made the Wyndham family tree somewhat complicated. And then there was Joan Wyndham's aunt, "a perfectly normal upper-class girl devoted to show jumping who ran away with a black lesbian actress and lived the rest of her life in Harlem".
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Since 1945 Joan Wyndham has led a rich and varied life, including opening Oxford's first espresso bar, running a hippie restaurant in Portobello Road, and cooking at major pop festivals. Married and with two daughters, she lives in London.Review:
'delightful book about Joan's ancestors and early life' MAIL 'This engaging memoir introduces a family of unique characters.' WOMAN & HOME
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Book Description Virago Press Ltd, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111844081524
Book Description Virago Press Ltd, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1844081524