I picked up the book because I was curious to learn more about the Bloomsbury people, especially Vanessa Bell. What I got instead was a hurt child's account of how her three parents never were interested enough in her to make her develop self-esteem and spoilt her instead of giving her proper guidance, which they obviously couldn't be bothered to do. This would be okay if Garnett described her childhood and her various relationships with her elders in detail, instead she stays on the surface of her own, often not very clear, emotional reactions, so we never quite learn where exactly her grudge stems from. Also we just don't get enough precise information on what happened when and why. Still, I could extract a few facts new to me.