Not The Whole Story: A Memoir

Not The Whole Story: A Memoir

by Angela Huth


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'A delightful memoir' Kate Saunders, The Times

'Fabulous . . . dazzling' Tatler

'Enchanting . . . movingly lyrical' Ysenda Maxtone Graham, Country Life

This short volume has turned out to be merely a handful of recollections of well-remembered times and stories - some probably misremembered, too - and a few people who have played a crucial part in my life. And some confessions: I have never before tried to write about my doll phobia, for instance, or about the effect synaesthesia has had over the years. I can only hope that this collection of stories from times past might give some idea of a mostly happy life that has gone, and is going, much too fast.

At the age of five Angela Huth decided she would become a writer. Hers was an idiosyncratic childhood. Her parents were known to be a highly glamorous couple: Harold was a famous actor and film director who possessed legendary charm; Bridget was known for her lively sense of humour, fluency in foreign languages and her penchant for giving memorable parties. But in spite of her parents' initial happiness, they parted after the war. Eleven years later they got back together, happily, though each would have a lover for decades. After her education ended prematurely - Bridget didn't believe in university for women - Angela Huth went from reluctant debutante to professional writer, switching from journalism to short stories, novels, plays for television and the stage.

Praise for Angela Huth:

'A first-class writer' Sunday Telegraph

'There is a very strong case for Huth replacing Jane Austen on the school syllabus' Sunday Times

'Angela Huth knows her own range and writes within it; she is an excellent exponent of the traditional English social comedy . . . she is in perfect control' Daily Telegraph

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472127044
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

Angela Huth has written thirteen novels and four collections of short stories as well as plays for radio, TV and the stage. She adapted two of her earlier novels for the BBC: Virginia Fly is Drowning and Sun Child. Land Girls was made into the 1998 feature film Land Girls starring Rachel Weisz and Anna Friel. She is also a well-known freelance journalist, critic and broadcaster. Angela is married to a don, lives in Warwickshire (in the 67th house she looked at) and has two daughters.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 America to Farnham Royal 5

2 Dolls 33

3 Boarding School 50

4 The Grandmother 67

5 Lawnside 81

6 Paris and Florence 112

7 Debutante Interlude 135

8 Advertising and America 156

9 Work 174

10 Synaesthesia 196

11 Television 209

12 Wootton 234

13 Change 251

14 Pullens End 268

15 Forty Years On 290

Appendix 301

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