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  • Published: 5 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241387801
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $19.99

Life Among the Savages




From the queen of domestic horror, this is a masterpiece of domestic comedy.

Shirley Jackson's 1953 classic about life with her husband and four children in rural Vermont is one of America's most celebrated memoirs of family life. Facing badly behaved imaginary friends, intractable bank managers, an oblivious husband and ever-encroaching domestic chaos, Jackson might want to throw her hands up in despair but somehow manages to turn ordinary family experiences into brilliant adventures. Frequently hilarious, always warm and never sentimental, this is a book for anyone who has ever been in a family.

  • Pub date: 5 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241387801
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco in 1916. She first received wide critical acclaim for her short story 'The Lottery', which was published in 1949. Her novels - which include The Sundial, The Bird's Nest, Hangsaman, The Road through the Wall, We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House - are characterised by her use of realistic settings for tales that often involve elements of horror and the occult. Raising Demons and Life Among the Savages are her two works of nonfiction. Come Along With Me is a collection of stories, lectures, and part of the novel she was working on when she died in 1965.

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