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Bad Blood

Sage, Lorna

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ISBN 10: 1841150428 / ISBN 13: 9781841150420
Published by Fourth Estate, London, United Kingdom, 2000
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Winner of 2000 Whitbread Biography Award. As new copy of the true first edition (London) in protective dust jacket cover. Bookseller Inventory # 4327A

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Title: Bad Blood

Publisher: Fourth Estate, London, United Kingdom

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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A literary memoir of the highest calibre by this highly-regarded critic and academic. From a childhood of gothic proportions in a vicarage on the Welsh borders, through her adolescence, leaving herself teetering on the brink of the 1960s, Sage vividly and wittily brings to life a vanished time and place, and illuminates the lives of three generations of women. Lorna Sage's memoir of childhood and adolescence is a brilliantly written bravura piece of work, which vividly and wickedly brings to life her eccentric family and somewhat bizarre upbringing in the small town of Hanmer, on the border between Wales and Shropshire. The period as well as the place is evoked with crystal clarity: from the 1940s, dominated for Lorna by her dissolute but charismatic vicar grandfather, through the 1950s, where the invention of fish fingers revolutionised the lives of housewives like Lorna's mother, to the brink of the 1960s, where the community was shocked by Lorna's pregnancy at 16, an event which her grandmother blamed on 'the fiendish invention of sex'. Bad Blood is often extremely funny, and is at the same time a deeply intelligent insight by a unique literary stylist into the effect on three generations of women of their environment and their relationships.

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Lorna Sage has taught English literature at the University of East Anglia for many years. She is the author of Women in the House of Fiction, a short biography of Angela Carter, and the forthcoming Cambridge Guide To Women's Writing in English.

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