A colourful family history – scandal, perjury, forgery, passionate love affairs and class conflict – and a revealing self-portrait of the author herself, the extraordinary Vita Sackville-West
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JULIET NICOLSON
Vita Sackville-West was an extraordinary woman from a long line of extraordinary women – this book tells their stories. Her grandmother Pepita, daughter of an old-clothes pedlar, made her fortune as a dancer and had a scandalous affair with an English diplomat. Their illegitimate daughter Victoria, Vita's mother, spent her childhood hidden in a convent but went on to be the glamorous mistress of Knole, one of the grandest old houses in England. Vita brings her legendary wit, passion and eccentricity to this colourful family portrait.
“The exciting story of [Vita's] Spanish grandmother”
“What appears to be a straightforward joint biography of her grandmother and mother becomes the means whereby Vita explores and makes sense for herself of those warring elements in her own past and temperament”