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Three Houses

Angela Thirkell

208 pages
Allison & Busby Ltd

"There is always in our minds the hope that we may find again those golden unhastening days and wake up and dream." – Angela Thirkell

Angela Thirkell, the cousin of Rudyard Kipling and the granddaughter of celebrated Pre-Raphaelite painter Sir Edward Burne-Jones, was an eminent twentieth century literary figure, and wrote avidly until her death in 1961. In her beautifully nostalgic memoirs, she recalls in rich detail the three houses in which she grew up and the childhood memories their walls contain. Thirkell’s elaborate portraits of the three houses – The Grange in Fulham, 27 Young Street in Kensington Square, and North End House in Rottingdean - offer an invaluable insight into late Victorian life. Her recounting of forbidden explorations, Punch and Judy shows, and adventures in the garden are beautifully evocative of the innocent quality of childhood, and the personal recollections of her famous grandfather present a loving family man behind the renown. The exposure to music, art and literature that Thirkell details in her exploration of her beloved three houses foreshadows her later fictional creations – her Barsetshire novels.

Three Houses allows us a snapshot of history from the busy literary centre of London to the English coast. Charmingly expressive, these stunning memoirs are both reminiscent of the golden days of youth and an interesting vision of a writer and the early influences that informed her later work.

Author Bio
ANGELA THIRKELL was born in London in 1890. At the age of twenty-eight, she moved to Melbourne, Australia where she became involved in broadcasting and was a frequent contributor to the British periodicals. She did not begin writing novels until she returned to Britain in 1930 but then produced one book a year almost every year until her death in 1961.