A House Full of Daughters by Juliet Nicolson audiobook

A House Full of Daughters: A Memoir of Seven Generations

By Juliet Nicolson
Read by Julie Teal

Random House Audio
9.88 Hours Unabridged
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A family memoir that traces the myths, legends, and secrets of seven generations of remarkable women All families have their myths and legends. For many years Juliet Nicolson accepted hers--the dangerous beauty of her flamenco dancing great-great-grandmother Pepita, the flirty manipulation of her great-grandmother Victoria, the infamous eccentricity of her grandmother Vita Sackville-West, her mother’s Tory-conventional background. But then Juliet, a distinguished historian, started to question. As she did so, she sifted fact from fiction, uncovering details and secrets long held just out of sight. A House Full of Daughters takes us through seven generations of women. In the nineteenth-century slums of Malaga, the salons of fin-de-siecle Washington D.C., an English boarding school during the Second World War, Chelsea in the 1960s, the knife-edge that was New York City in the 1980s, these women emerge for Juliet as people in their own right, but also as part of who she is and where she has come from. A House Full of Daughters is one woman’s investigation into the nature of family, memory, and the past. As Juliet finds uncomfortable patterns reflected in these distant and more recent versions of herself, she realizes her challenge is to embrace the good and reject the hazards that have trapped past generations.

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Summary

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New York Times Editor’s Choice

A family memoir that traces the myths, legends, and secrets of seven generations of remarkable women

All families have their myths and legends. For many years Juliet Nicolson accepted hers--the dangerous beauty of her flamenco dancing great-great-grandmother Pepita, the flirty manipulation of her great-grandmother Victoria, the infamous eccentricity of her grandmother Vita Sackville-West, her mother’s Tory-conventional background. But then Juliet, a distinguished historian, started to question. As she did so, she sifted fact from fiction, uncovering details and secrets long held just out of sight.

A House Full of Daughters takes us through seven generations of women. In the nineteenth-century slums of Malaga, the salons of fin-de-siecle Washington D.C., an English boarding school during the Second World War, Chelsea in the 1960s, the knife-edge that was New York City in the 1980s, these women emerge for Juliet as people in their own right, but also as part of who she is and where she has come from.

A House Full of Daughters is one woman’s investigation into the nature of family, memory, and the past. As Juliet finds uncomfortable patterns reflected in these distant and more recent versions of herself, she realizes her challenge is to embrace the good and reject the hazards that have trapped past generations.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Few writers can boast such a literary heritage as Juliet Nicolson…who turns her astute historian’s eye onto her own family history.” Choice magazine
“Original and illuminating.” Guardian (London)
“Nicolson’s anger, tenderness and insight have resulted in an exceptionally moving book.” Telegraph (London)
“[Nicolson] skillfully recounts the journeys of the women in her family…[A] fascinating reading in this intimate and well-written family history.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"[A] vivid, personalized social history of Britain’s upper class over the past century.” Booklist (starred review)
“Narrator Julie Teal’s impeccable English tones are just right for this exploration of the women in one of England’s most famous and eccentric families…Her performance is excellent. She paces the history so that we are never lost, crisply navigates the web of names and places and paints moving portraits of these smart, willful, and determined women.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Juliet Nicolson

Author Bio: Juliet Nicolson Juliet Nicolson is the author of two works of history, The Great Silence: 1918–1920 Living in the Shadow of the Great War and The Perfect Summer: Dancing into Shadow in 1911, and a novel, Abdication. As the grand-daughter of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson and the daughter of Nigel Nicolson she is part of a renowned and much scrutinized family and the latest in the family line of record-keepers of the past. She lives with her husband in East Sussex, not far from Sissinghurst, where she spent her childhood. She has two daughters, Clemmie and Flora, and one grand-daughter, Imogen.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 9.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English