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Introduced by Dorothy Parker. ‘When I was a little girl, the ghosts were more real to me than the people.’ In this perceptive and unpretentious autobiography Christian Miller recalls her privileged but at the same time deprived upper-class childhood in a castle in Scotland. Through the eye and ears of a 1920s child who seems to have seen and heard everything within the massive granite walls of her home, she gives us a unique insight into what must surely have been one of the last relics of feudal life. ‘The book’s fascination lies in its re-creation of life in a big house of the period. This is a book one can live in.’ Daily Telegraph ‘Opening the pages of this book is like stepping through the looking glass into another world.’ Glasgow Herald
About the Author
Christian Miller, the youngest of a family of six, was born in 1920. Brought up on her father's estate in the highlands of Scotland, she was educated by governesses. After the death of her father, the estate was inherited by her elder brother, and the rest of the family moved to London, where – at eighteen – she became a debutante. During the Second World War, having started as an aircraft fitter working on heavy bombers, she became a technical adviser in the Ministry of Production. She married during the war and had two daughters, and it was not until the 1960s that she started writing, beginning with short stories, which were widely translated. A Childhood in Scotland (1981) first appeared in The New Yorker, and received a Scottish Arts Council Book Award in 1982.