Christena Appleyard

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A House Full of Daughters

By Juliet Nicolson

Chatto & Windus 325pp £14.99 order from our bookshop

Love Like Salt: A Memoir

By Helen Stevenson

Virago 289pp £14.99 order from our bookshop

Alive, Alive Oh! And Other Things That Matter

By Diana Athill

Granta Books 144pp £12.99 order from our bookshop

Daughterhood is the subject matter of Juliet Nicolson’s tense, highly personal and beautifully written book. Nicolson is a historian and the daughter of the writer Nigel Nicolson. She spent much of her childhood in the magical surroundings of Sissinghurst. In her foreword, she shows that she is alert to any charges that the people who appear in this family history may be considered too privileged for their struggles to be taken seriously. ‘But’, she writes, ‘I wondered if wealth and class always amounted to privilege in a broader sense.’ 

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