A House Unlocked

A House Unlocked

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  • Paperback | 326 pages
  • 158 x 236.7 x 21.6mm | 381.02g
  • ISIS Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New ed of Large print ed
  • 0753197332
  • 9780753197332

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A House Unlocked is rather different from Lively's usual fare as a distinguished novelist. Golsoncott is a country house which her family has inhabited since 1923. As Lively looks through the strange, old-fashioned catalogue of possessions found within the house, she reflects on the social and political history which they invoke. She explains: 'This book has tried to use the furnishings of a house as a mnemonic system'. The house, and its belongings, such as the gong stand and the bon-bon dish all belong to a different age, an age which Lively herself remembers, and from which she recalls fascinating stories. The history of Mary Britnieva, a strong Russian woman whose husband was killed by the Bolsheviks during the Russian Revolution is movingly recounted, as is that of Otto Kane, a Jewish boy escaping from the Third Reich. These mini-biographies all come together to form the history of this unconventional and yet very British country house. In this thought-provoking book Lively shows how much society has changed over the three-quarters-of-a-century during which her family has inhabited Golsoncott. (Kirkus UK)show more

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