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  • Published: 16 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9781784873462
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99

Written From the Heart



The first novel written by the brilliant and underrated novelist Vita Sackville-West.

Ruth Pennistan is a farmer's daughter, born and brought up in Kent. But her dark hair and eyes belie a forgotten ancestry - a Spanish gypsy grandmother and a passionate inheritance. Malory, the rather strait-laced guest of the family, falls head over heels in love, even whilst Ruth becomes trapped against her will in a drama of love and tragedy with another man. Vita Sackville-West's first heroine echoes the passions and contradictions of the author's own life.

  • Published: 16 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9781784873462
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Vita Sackville-West

Vita Sackville-West was born in 1892 at Knole in Kent, the only child of aristocratic parents. In 1913 she married diplomat Harold Nicolson, with whom she had two sons and travelled extensively before settling at Kent’s Sissinghurst Castle in 1930, where she devoted much of her time to creating its now world-famous garden. Throughout her life Sackville-West had a number of other relationships with both men and women, and her unconventional marriage would later become the subject of a biography written by her son Nigel Nicolson. Though she produced a substantial body of work, amongst which are writings on travel and gardening, Sackville-West is best known for her novels The Edwardians (1930) and All Passion Spent (1931), and for the pastoral poem The Land (1926), which was awarded the prestigious Hawthornden Prize. Sackville-West died on 2 June 1962 at her Sissinghurst home, aged seventy.

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Praise for Written From the Heart

A fabulous novel, witty, warm-hearted and wise. Tina Devino is a brilliant comic creation whose words of wisdom should be heeded by anyone hoping to become a successful novelist.

Margaret James

I loved spending time with the delicious Tina Devino and the wonderful cast of friends, frenemies and lovers in Written from the Heart. The novel has tender moments and romantic ones too, but it's the humour, often wicked, that I love the most.

Marika Cobbold

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