I've just been listening to Juliet Stevenson reading 'A House Full of Daughters' on BBC Radio 4.
The book by Juliet Nicholson is a biography of her family through the eyes of its daughters, with insights into Knole, Vita Sackville-West, and Sissinghurst.
A life of privilege, tragedy, and fame, a circle that most of us will never enter; but one that fascinates.
If such things interest you, Juliet Stevenson's reading is a delight, and the tale it reveals is fascinating.
It should be around somewhere on iPlayer or BBC Sounds.
Related to Harold Nicholson married to V S-W?ReplyDelete
Harold was Vita's husband, and Juliet was their granddaughter. Her father, Nigel, was their son. A very distinguished and interesting family.ReplyDelete
Then Nigel beget Adam Nicholson, who wrote a very good book on the Shiant Isles, which his father had bought when he was young. The book is called 'Sea Room'. They are a very interesting family.ReplyDelete
I think Adam was (is?) married to the gardening writer Sarah Raven. A talented lot.Delete
Sounds just the type of book I'd enjoy. I shall look for itReplyDelete
And being about Nicholson/Sackville-West; plenty of intrigue too!Delete
I've just put it on hold at the library!ReplyDelete
A fascinating story; I'm sure you'll enjoy it.Delete
I've touched upon this family through interest in the Bloomsbury group and it seems to me that the way they lived anticipated the freedoms we supposedly have now, except of course they didn't extend those freedoms to their servants.ReplyDelete
In the programme, both Duncan Grant and Strachey were mentioned; neither of whom could one imagine having liberated chauffeurs; unless they were having affairs with them.Delete
Actually most if the time they had very little money and could not have afforded chauffeurs. It us a myth that all the Bloomsbury Group oozed wealth, they didn't.Delete
Queers were everywhere.ReplyDelete
Vita seems to have had dozens a female lovers; some rather surprising!Delete
And her husband had plenty of male lovers. They had what was an early open marriage.Delete
JS has a great reading voice. I think I'll see if I can find this, too. Thanks for the tip!ReplyDelete
She read it beautifully, in fact noticeably so.Delete