Bad Blood: A Memoir

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From a childhood of gothic proportions in a vicarage on the Welsh borders, through adolescence, leaving herself teetering on the brink of the 1960's, Lorna Sage vividly and wittily brings to life a vanished time and place and illuminates the lives of three generations of women.

Lorna Sage’s memoir of childhood and adolescence is a brilliantly written bravura piece of work, which vividly and wickedly brings to life her eccentric family and somewhat bizarre upbringing in the small town of Hanmer, on the border between Wales and Shropshire. The period as well as the place is evoked with crystal clarity: from the 1940s, dominated for Lorna by her dissolute but charismatic vicar grandfather, through the 1950s, where the invention of fish fingers revolutionised the lives of housewives like Lorna’s mother, to the brink of the 1960s, where the community was shocked by Lorna’s pregnancy at 16, an event which her grandmother blamed on ‘the fiendish invention of sex’. Bad Blood is often extremely funny, and is at the same time a deeply intelligent insight by a unique literary stylist into the effect on three generations of women of their environment and their relationships.

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Bestselling author Lorna Sage delivers the tragicomic memoirof her escape from a claustrophobic childhood in post-WWII Britain--and thestory of the weddings and relationships that defined three generations of herfamily--in Bad Blood, an internationalbestseller and the winner of the coveted Whitbread Biography Award. Readers ofbooks like Angela's Ashes and The Liar's Club as well as fans ofSage's own lucid and penetrating writing will be captivated by the book thatthe New York Times Book Review said"fills us with wonder and gratitude. . . . Few literary critics have everwritten anything so memorable."

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"Magnificent. . . . A superb memoir of a daughter of the 1950s who got knocked up, but not knocked down."--Maureen Corrigan, National Public Radio's Fresh Air

"Deserves to become a classic."--The Independent (London)

"Deserves special notice... The intensely personal story will resonate with more than just Anglophiles."--Booklist

"Shockingly frank, but also witty, passionate, and utterly lacking self-pity -- and surprisingly uplifting."--Kirkus Reviews

"An award-winning memoir of courageous escape."--Harper's Bazaar

"Deeply affecting and beautifully written."--People

"In Bad Blood, [Sage] has written a classic."--New York Review of Books

"Extraordinary... Should stand out for its combination of powerful writing, wicked black humor and social history."--Publishers Weekly Daily

In Bad Blood, [Sage] has written a classic. --New York Review of Books"

Magnificent. . . . A superb memoir of a daughter of the 1950s who got knocked up, but not knocked down. --Maureen Corrigan, National Public Radio's Fresh Air"

Deeply affecting and beautifully written. --People"

An award-winning memoir of courageous escape. --Harper's Bazaar"

Extraordinary Should stand out for its combination of powerful writing, wicked black humor and social history. --Publishers Weekly Daily"

Shockingly frank, but also witty, passionate, and utterly lacking self-pity and surprisingly uplifting. --Kirkus Reviews"

Deserves special notice The intensely personal story will resonate with more than just Anglophiles. --Booklist"

Deserves to become a classic. --The Independent (London)"

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