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A Tug on the Thread by Diana Quick
  

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The Brideshead Revisited actress looks back on her life and that of her family and their colonial history. This is more of a family memoir than a look back over Quick's career and life but is still an interesting read with plenty of personal anecdotes too.

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A Tug on the Thread by Diana Quick

'Be sure you marry a pure-blooded Englishman.' The memory of this inexplicable command to nine-year-old Diana Quick by her terminally ill grandfather was to remain buried for years. It wasn't until she played Julia Flyte in the celebrated Granada TV dramatisation of Brideshead Revisited that it resurfaced, setting her on a quest to uncover the hidden enigma of her father's family in India. Gradually Diana unpeeled the layers of family secrets that revealed changed names, the stigma of being 'country born', her grandfather's obsessive ambition for his son. This knowledge helped her both to understand her own heritage and to interpret the roles she played on stage and screen. It also gave her pride in her family's history: the bravery of her great-grandmother who, as a child, narrowly escaped being murdered during the 1857 Indian Mutiny; her father's struggles as a penniless student in a foreign country.

About the Author

Diana Quick was born in Kent, and while at Oxford became the first female president of the Oxford University Dramatic Society. Her career, since her professional debut in 1967, has spanned television, film, theatre and radio.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th May 2009

Author

Diana Quick

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Publisher

Virago Hardbacks

Format

Hardback

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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ISBN

9781860498442

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