Thrumpton Hall: A Memoir of Life in My Father's House

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'Dear Thrumpton, how I miss you tonight,' wrote George Seymour in 1944, when he was aged twenty-one. But the object of his affection was not a young woman, but a house -- ownership of which was then a distant dream. But he did eventually acquire Thrumpton, a beautiful country house in Nottinghamshire, and it was in this idyllic home that Miranda Seymour grew up. But her upbringing was far from idyllic, as life revolved around her father's capriciousness. The House took priority, and everything -- everyone -- else was secondary. Until, that is, the day late on in his life when George Seymour took to riding powerful motorbikes around the countryside clad in black leather in the company of a young male friend. Had he taken leave of his senses? Or finally found them? And how did this sea-change affect his wife and daughter? Both biography and family memoir, IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE is a riveting and ultimately shocking portrait of desire both overt and suppressed, and the devastating consequences of misplaced love.

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'An extraordinary book . . . Consistently fascinating and
occasionally horrifying' -- Anthony Quinn, Observer

'Beautifully written and expertly structured . . . Perceptive,
passionate and entirely real' -- Selina Hastings, Sunday Telegraph

'Compulsive . . . Finely observed, meticulously written . . .
Powerfully poignant' -- Kate Colquhoun, Daily Telegraph

'Extremely well-told . . . An author at the height of her
descriptive powers' -- Charles Spencer, Guardian

'Fascinating . . . Charming and candid' -- Mail on Sunday

'I couldn't put her book down and had to read it all in one
sitting'
-- Peter Stanford, Independent on Sunday

'Never anything other than compelling . . . Extremely well crafted
and holds the reader's attention throughout' -- Liza Campbell, Literary Review

'Outstanding . . . Very funny and very sad . . . A heavy-hearted
but light-handed reflection on love, memory and truth' -- Minette Marrin, Sunday Times

'Rich and entertaining . . . The detail is thrilling' -- Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler

From the Back Cover:

`Utterly riveting, ruthlessly honest and strangely touching,
this portrait of the author's extraordinary father both appalled and moved
me - and made me laugh out loud'
DEBORAH MOGGACH

`Astonishingly powerful and brilliantly written, with an ear and a sense of
timing that perfectly suits the subject . . . A small masterpiece'
SIMON JENKINS

`A gem of a book - Miranda Seymour's riveting memoir tells a moving story
of family love and hate that manages to be subtle and funny, as well as
profoundly surprising in its emotional twists'
RUPERT CHRISTIANSEN

`A brilliantly crafted true story, In My Father's House gains depth and
complexity from its willingness to explore the ethical dilemma of revealing
painful family secrets. There is more to learn about human nature in this
short memoir than in many novels two or three times its length'
PAT BARKER

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