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ISBN:
0007718829
Author:
Lorna Sage
Category:
Arts & Literature
Publisher:
Fourth Estate (2001)
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Bad Blood is a 2000 work blending collective biography and memoir by the Anglo-Welsh literary critic and academic Lorna Sage

Bad Blood is a 2000 work blending collective biography and memoir by the Anglo-Welsh literary critic and academic Lorna Sage. Set in post-war North Wales, it reflects on the dysfunctional generations of a family, its problems, and their effect on Sage. It won the 2001 Whitbread Book Biography of the Year seven days before Sage died of emphysema.

Rather than a collection of critical essays, Bad Blood is a memoir of Sage's early life in rural Wales during the 1940s and 1950s, and ends with her University graduation.

Grandfather's skirts would flap in the wind along the churchyard path and I would hang on. He often found things to do in the vestry, excuses for getting out of the vicarage (kicking the swollen door, cursing) and so long as he took me he couldn. He often found things to do in the vestry, excuses for getting out of the vicarage (kicking the swollen door, cursing) and so long as he took me he couldn't get up to much. I was a sort of hobble; he was my minder and I was his. He'd have liked to get further away, but petrol was rationed. The church was at least safe.

Bestselling author Lorna Sage delivers the tragicomic memoirof her escape from a claustrophobic childhood in post-WWII Britain-and thestory of the weddings and relationships that defined three generations of herfamily-in Bad Blood, an ler and the winner of the coveted Whitbread Biography Award. Few literary critics have.

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Bad Blood is a 2000 work blending collective biography and memoir by the Welsh literary critic and novelist Lorna Sage.

Bad Blood winner of the Whitehead AWARD for Biography
  • Samardenob
This book is mordantly funny, and the sense of history--from a rural, wartime childhood that feels almost Dickensian to the narrator's early adulthood--is amazing: one life as historical record. A lesser writer would have played this story for self-pity followed by self-congratulations (as in: I had it so bad but I self-rescued). She doesn't. She records it as absurd, real, raw, comic, and, in the end, a source of wonder that so much change occurred in a few decades. Fantastic writing. Unforgettable characters.
  • Fenrinos
Great read.
  • Ese
One of the great childhood/adolescence memoirs of all time. Written with extreme and vivid precision in detail, extraordinary recreation of atmosphere, and remarkable understanding of the subtle dynamics of adult relationships in previous generations, this counts as one of the finest books I've read. Sage exemplifies here the way in which one person's truth can be a mirror for everybody's truth, and hence the whole point about reading books in the first place.
  • Jox
Great!
  • Doomwarden
Not quite as good as I had hoped, however I finished it, and I found the end very abrupt.
  • Winn
I purchased, and read this, because I had to for an assignment. It was an easy read but I kept expecting something exciting to happen. Something exciting never came and I was left feeling a little disappointed. However, I did take away from it a little bit of an idea of life in that era and geographical region so it was not a waste of time reading it.
  • uspeh
Loved this memoir!
A moving readable memoir capturing country life in Britain from the 1940s to the early 60s. Lorna Sage writes of growing up in a dysfunctional family in a North Wales hamlet, the granddaughter of a stormy philandering vicar and a neurotic harridan. she describes herself as an unlovable child, whiny and weepy, and the life of her working father and her delicate mother.

Ultimately she writes of her school years in the 50s and her pregnancy at 17 at a time when pregnancy out of wedlock was still a taboo.
In an inspiring way, she describes how her and her later to be husband broke the mould and went on to study and achieve success at university
Ms Sage sadly died days before she was due to receive the Whitebread award for this successful autobiography. Ultimately the value in this book is how it captures the social history of mid 20th century Britain.