Juliet Nicolson

A House Full of Daughters

Friday 16th September 2016

Juliet Nicolson
A House Full of Daughters, Juliet Nicolson

‘A mesmerising story of daughterhood in which the personal is mixed with the historical to extraordinary effect… You won’t be able to stop reading it’ Lady Antonia Fraser

All families have their myths and legends. For 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 legendary eccentricity of her free spirited grandmother Vita Sackville-West and her mother’s Tory-conventional background. Curious to find out more, Juliet started to ask questions about her family history and began to sift fact from fiction as she uncovered layers of secrets and revelations.

A powerful, honest and deeply moving memoir, A House Full of Daughters takes us through 200 years and seven generations of women in Nicolson’s family. With the unblinking eye of a historian, she navigates the nineteenth century slums of Malaga, the salons of fin-de-siècle Washington DC and the gritty streets of New York in the 1980s before bringing us back to the present day and her own life. Beautifully written, A House Full of Daughters is both a life-affirming memoir and an absorbing investigation into familial patterns, memory, loss, forgiveness and second chances.

Juliet Nicolson is a social historian and novelist. Her books include The Great Silence 1918-1920, Living in the Shadow of the Great War, Abdication and The Perfect Summer. The daughter of Nigel Nicolson, she is part of a renowned family of writers and biographers. She lives in East Sussex, not far from Sissinghurst, where she spent her childhood.

Juliet will be in conversation with host Carol Ackroyd.