A Life of My Own
by Claire Tomalin
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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A Sunday Times Top 10 best-seller As one of the best biographers of her generation, Claire Tomalin wrote about the great novelists and poets enormous success: today, she turns to look at her own lifeThis exciting memory follows his fascinating memory through triumph and tragedy in about the same measure, from the disastrous marriage of his parents and the often difficult early childhood war that followed, to his own marriage of the young and brilliant journalist Nicolas Tomalin.When he was killed on the job, as a war correspondent, she was left to raise their four children – and at the same time make her own career.She writes of the intense joys of a fascinating progression, as she has become one of the greatest literary successes of publishers in London, before discovering her true vocation as a biographer, alongside overwhelming sorrow at the loss of a child.Writing with the elan and insight that characterize her biographies, Claire Tomalin defines her own life in a broader cultural and political context, vividly and frankly depicting the social pressures on a woman in her fifties and sixties, and showing “how it was for a European girl growing up to the middle of the twentieth century in England”.driven by conflicting desires to have children and a life sentence’
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