The Sunlight on the Garden: A Family in Love, War and Madness

The Sunlight on the Garden: A Family in Love, War and Madness

by Elizabeth Speller
     
 

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In 1880, housemaid Ada Curtis bore the first of several illegitimate children from her employer, the son of a once-grand family obsessed with its own threadbare nobility. More than a century later, Elizabeth Speller—Ada's great-granddaughter—became inspired by the stories, reinventions, and half-truths in her family's past to set her own record

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In 1880, housemaid Ada Curtis bore the first of several illegitimate children from her employer, the son of a once-grand family obsessed with its own threadbare nobility. More than a century later, Elizabeth Speller—Ada's great-granddaughter—became inspired by the stories, reinventions, and half-truths in her family's past to set her own record straight. This passionate and intriguing memoir brings to life the hopes and failures of four generations of a family filled with tales of wealth inherited and lost, sexual indiscretion, and closely guarded secrets. A recurrence of madness is also uncovered—Ada Curtis went mad not long after conceiving her children, and Elizabeth herself experienced a mental breakdown—exposing a troubling thread that links together decades of an intimate but troubled family.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781862079250
Publisher:
Granta UK
Publication date:
04/02/2007
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Elizabeth Speller is a poet and journalist who has written for the Independent on Sunday, Observer, and Woman's Journal. Her previous books include Athens: A New Guide, Following Hadrian, and Granta City Guides Rome.

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