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Private Papers

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To Penelope Butler the family was all, the sole ambition of her adult life. Three of her four daughters, however, had different ideas. Rosemary rejected it; Jess was destroyed by it; Celia found it eluded her. Only Emily pursued her mother's ideal, with disastrous results.

Penelope begins to record their family story as it unfolds. But when Rosemary discovers these private papers she is enraged by her mother's distortions of the truth and proceeds to tell the story from her perspective. From D-Day on into the turbulent post-war years, a picture emerges not only of a single family in all its complexities, but also of the changing world that shaped their lives.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 20mm | 181.44g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
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  • 0099455625
  • 9780099455622
  • 313,710

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"A brilliant, sometimes terrible novel about the generation war within a family, as witty and cool as it is heart-rending"
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"A brilliant, sometimes terrible novel about the generation war within a family, as witty and cool as it is heart-rending" -- Auberon Waugh * Daily Mail * "Painful...gripping...her "private" story reaches far beyond the merely personal" * Observer *
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About Margaret Forster

Born in Carlisle, Margaret Forster was the author of many successful and acclaimed novels, including Have the Men Had Enough?, Lady's Maid, Diary of an Ordinary Woman, Is There Anything You Want? , Keeping the World Away, Over and The Unknown Bridesmaid. She also wrote bestselling memoirs - Hidden Lives, Precious Lives and, most recently, My Life in Houses - and biographies. She was married to writer and journalist Hunter Davies and lived in London and the Lake District. She died in February 2016, just before her last novel, How to Measure a Cow, was published.
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223 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
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4 45% (101)
3 26% (58)
2 6% (14)
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