A Family Romance
By (author) Emma Tennant
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Strangers by Emma Tennant
Book DescriptionBased on fact, but told with the imagination of a novelist, "Strangers" is the story of the author's family, the Tennants. Margot Asquith and Pamela Tennant (nee Wyndham), warring sisters-in-law; Pamela's children, her 'jewels' - Clare the wilful beauty, Stephen Tennant the outrageous aesthete, David the nightclub king, and the steady, sensible Christopher who becomes head of the family when the eldest brother Bim dies on the Somme - these are some of the characters brought to sudden and not always respectable life in this funny, touching and sometimes shocking novel. Their antics, dreams and grief are witnessed by the maid Louisa, and played out chiefly at Glen, the castle in the border of Scotland, where the young narrator pulls from long-sealed cupboards the stories of her family's past. But as the secrets emerge the myth woven around the glamorous figures of the past is both enhanced and dispelled. Haunting and compelling, "Strangers" presents a family and its young detective in a startling light.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099273875
(198mm x 129mm x 11mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 29-Apr-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Emma Tennant
Black Marina, Paperback (November 2011)
Holly Baker, an English woman, came to St James during her carefree days of bar-hopping in the 1960s. Somehow she never managed to get away. Now, her loyalties fluctuating, she is caught up in the advanced stages of a drama both personal and political - and which embodies the conflicts inherent in this small, dangerously placed society.
Queen of Stones, Paperback (September 2011)» View all books by Emma Tennant
On the weekend of October 17, 1981, a party of girls who had set out on a sponsored walk from Beaminster became separated from their leader and disappeared into the worst fog ever recorded on the west coast of Dorset. For days search parties of anxious parents and police failed to trace the girls.
UK Kirkus Review » Tennant's memoir of her splendidly eccentric family is as compelling as any novel, dealing with a range of baroque characters from grandmother, the beautiful Pamela Tennant, who took refuge from her unhappy first marriage in an obsessive love for her children, to Pamela's son, Stephen, aesthete and bon viveur, who made his home a shrine of outrageously camp style. Add to this the author's reminiscences of a lonely childhood spent in a draughty Scottish castle, and the result is a small masterpiece: moving, funny and beautifully observed. (Kirkus UK)
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