Based 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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(198mm x 129mm x 11mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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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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