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Bad Blood: A Memoir Lorna Sage

Bad Blood: A Memoir

Lorna Sage

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ISBN : 9780007241804
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Nobodys unhappy family was ever quite like that of Lorna Sage, whose ruthlessly funny, excruciating, inspiring memoir Bad Blood won Englands Whitbread Biography Award. She grew up in the 40s on the Welsh border, in the crossfire between herMoreNobodys unhappy family was ever quite like that of Lorna Sage, whose ruthlessly funny, excruciating, inspiring memoir Bad Blood won Englands Whitbread Biography Award. She grew up in the 40s on the Welsh border, in the crossfire between her grandparents, a bitter, bibulous, bookish vicar resembling Jack Sprat and his short, fat doll of an ignorant wife. He preached earthy sermons about how one might prefer for a wife Martha before dinner, Mary after dinner. His wifes notion of marriage [was] that a man signed you up to have his wicked way with you and should spend the rest of his life paying through the nose. Grandma blackmailed the vicar with his diary of adultery, in which she scribbled vicious comments invaluable to the family historian. She gobbled sweets- he drank, fumed, and helped make Lorna Sage a noted literary critic. There is much more: the vicars affair with his daughters school chum, the cosmic impact of Bill Haley and his Comets, Lornas precocious pregnancy, and the strange way lives ricochet and echo each other. Sage manages to give her rural upbringing a brooding Gothic poignance and the comic force of Cold Comfort Farm. She describes a moment after her grandfathers death in the vicarage, where everything seemed to be wearing thin and getting see-through, as though a spell were dissolving. But the shades of her clan wont quite fade, and thanks to this book, theyre here to stay. --Tim Appelo