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An influential literary critic, Lorna Sage taught English at British and American universities and was most recently professor of English at the University of East Anglia. Her previous books include Women in the House of Fiction, The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English, and a short monograph on Angela Carter.
In one of the most extraordinary memoirs of recent years, Lorna Sage brings alive her girlhood in post-war provincial Britain.
A memoir of the 1950’s that conjures up that stifling post war period in vivid detail, Lorna Sage’s memory for inconsequential happenings, the texture of things, the tastes and sounds that surrounded her as she grew up make this both a tremendously detailed memoir and a valuable portrait of the period. One of the best memoirs of post-war life that’s been written, it still captivates and awes. Like for Like Reading: Memoir, John McGahern And When Did You Last See Your Father?, Blake Morrison A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher... Prize-winning and bestselling when it was first published in 2000, Bad Blood still stands out as an incredibly fresh and original piece of writing. From the eerie atmosphere of her Grandfather’s rural Welsh vicarage to her bright anger as a young girl determined to break out of a small town, Lorna Sage’s story is at once touching, funny and inspiring, and is undeniably one of the great memoirs of our time.