A Life of My Own

A Life of My Own

Book - 2017
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As one of the best biographers of her generation, Claire Tomalin has written about great novelists and poets to huge success- now, she turns to look at her own life.

This enthralling memoir follows her through triumph and tragedy in about equal measure, from the disastrous marriage of her parents and the often difficult wartime childhood that followed, to her own marriage to the brilliant young journalist Nicholas Tomalin. When he was killed on assignment as a war correspondent she was left to bring up their four children - and at the same time make her own career.

She writes of the intense joys of a fascinating progression as she became one of the most successful literary editors in London before discovering her true vocation as a biographer, alongside overwhelming grief at the loss of a child.

Writing with the elan and insight which characterize her biographies, Claire Tomalin sets her own life in a wider cultural and political context, vividly and frankly portraying the social pressures on a woman in the Fifties and Sixties, and showing 'how it was for a European girl growing up in mid-twentieth-century England . . . carried along by conflicting desires to have children and a worthwhile working life.'
Publisher: [London] : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2017.
ISBN: 9780241974834
Branch Call Number: 928.2 TOM
Characteristics: xii, 334 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm


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Jan 24, 2019

Such interesting times, such an interesting woman, with an intelligent and unaffected way of writing about her life and the writers and other literary figures she's known. Really enjoyable and hard to put down. Also, I enjoyed the reference to Nina Stibbe whose book 'Love, Nina' is one I've read a half-dozen times now: when I run out of something to read, hers is one of the ones I open again. She was a nanny on the same London street as Tomalin's family.

Jan 09, 2019

In this memoir, well-known literary editor and biographer writes about her own life without any self-pity despite personal tragedies. Tomalin is discreet, focusing on the context rather than personal details. It provides insights into the story of a woman having both a professional career and a family in the 1960s and 1970s. Interesting.

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