The Ugly One

The Ugly One : Childhood Memoirs, 1913-39

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Lady Hermione Ranfurly, now 84 years old, recounts her early life between the wars: a life of great privilege but also of private tragedy. As her family moves from one estate to another, she learns how to deal with change and cope with loss - her parents' financial problems and divorce and her elder brother's death in war.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 114.3 x 182.88 x 25.4mm | 249.47g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • Michael Joseph Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Ill.
  • 0718143337
  • 9780718143336

Review Text

Written with almost childlike simplicity, this personal account of a life and period of exaggerated extremes takes you unawares. The complete absence of any pretension or self-consciousness leaves Lady Hermione Ranfurly's story open and intimate, laying out a history for the reader. Such straightforward writing is nowhere to be seen in today's generation of self-analysis, and makes a refreshing and emotional reminder of some of life's more fundamental importances. (Kirkus UK)show more

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