Family Romance: A Memoir

Author(s): John Lanchester

Biography & Memoir

Family Romance is a beautifully written memoir in which John Lanchester joins the dots of his parents' history, their extraordinary secrets and the shape of their shared life. From his grandparents' beginnings in rural Ireland and colonial Rhodesia, Lanchester navigates through his parents lives: his father Bill's devastating war-time separation from his parents; his mother Julia's tragic first love, her decision to become a nun and her adoption of a new identity. Lanchester illuminates their characters and Julia's motives with moving insight. Family Romance is a book about reticence and its costs. It is a story about love and fearing the strength of your own feelings; about family ties, and the flight from family, and the deep human need to keep secrets.


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Shortlisted for PEN/Ackerley Prize 2008.

General Fields

  • : 9780571234417
  • : Faber and Faber
  • : Faber and Faber
  • : April 2007
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John Lanchester
  • : Paperback
  • : Export ed
  • : 256
  • : Biography & autobiography