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More family history from Knole and Sissinghurst

In a frank memoir of alcoholism and emotional suppression, Juliet Nicolson finally liberates herself from her formidable forebears

16 April 2016

9:00 AM

16 April 2016

9:00 AM

A House Full of Daughters Juliet Nicolson

Chatto, pp.326, £16.99, ISBN: 9780701189303

In deciding to write a book about her forebears and herself, Juliet Nicolson follows in their footsteps. Given that her grandparents were Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West, and her father was Nigel Nicolson, that they all wrote copiously about themselves, that Knole and Sissinghurst are stuffed with family records, and that she is herself a publisher turned writer, it proved impossible to resist adding her voice to the already substantial record of her family’s powerful social and literary connections.

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