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I Know You're Going to be Happy: A Story of Love and Betrayal Hardcover – 7 Mar 2013


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books Ltd (7 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780721242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780721248
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Compulsive read... What makes it fascinating is witnessing Christiansen's attempt to establish a relationship with his father, for the first time, in these pages... Powerful and haunting." --The Guardian

"Rupert Christiansen's memoir offers an account of family heartbreak, told with no self-pity but with great tenderness for the lost parents. It is also a mystery story. Most of all this is the history of a consciousness and its conscience, both richly aware and unfashionably, grandly, fierce."--Candia McWilliam

"Christiansen writes elegant prose, and describes his subjects with an elegiac compassion." --Jessica Mann, Literary Review

"Funny, truthful, and in the end a very painful account of the devastation caused to a small boy by his father leaving the family... Reading Christiansen's tender, insightful, clear-eyed account of it all is a remarkable experience."-- Observer

"This evocative portrayal of a single parent family in the Fifties reminds us that nothing in history seems so distant as the day before yesterday." --Mail on Sunday

"Dance and music critic Christiansen gives a moving, unsparing account of how promising careers in journalism and the good wishes of friends for their marriage turned sour for his mother and father." -- --Saga Magazine

About the Author

Rupert Christiansen was born in London and educated at King's College, Cambridge. He has written several books, including Prima Donna, Romantic Affinities, Paris Babylon, The Visitors, Arthur Hugh Clough, Pocket Guide to Opera and The Complete Book of Aunts. . He is currently opera critic and arts columnist for the Daily Telegraph and dance critic for The Mail on Sunday. He has contributed to many newspapers and magazines. In 1997, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anthea Church on 12 May 2013
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I enjoyed every page of this book. It reminded me of Candia McWilliam's work and I imagine they are kindred spirits, given Rupert acknowledged her and her quote is on the back cover. They are both brilliant and, as of her work, you do feel you are encountering a superb consciousness when you read this book. And yet it is easy. I read it in a day, and also being only a little younger than Rupert, hugely enjoyed what amounted to a description of my own parents - in terms of their tastes and behaviour. This book has that rare quality of being both comforting and invigorating at the same time. I don't know if it might annoy readers from entirely different backgrounds, but anyway... It spoke to me profoundly of my Englishness and, alas, of my prejudices.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Gates on 29 April 2013
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I read a review of and an extract from this book in a Sunday paper and wondered if all the book could be so good. It was! A beautiful, very honest and absorbing story of a family torn apart. Such an ironic title!
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living with somebody who lost their father in a similar situation,
I thought this book would help me understand why after many years ,why the fathers leaving
is still talked about after so many years.
this book did not answer my concerns , but Rupert Christianson's was hugely interesting
in describing life in the 50s/60s and 70s
and despite this set back as enjoyed an acclaimed career in journalism
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This little book is moving, principally for what it doesn't say. We are side by side with Rupert Christiansen as he attempts to make sense of the effect of his absentee father on his childhood, even as we know he will fail. Along the way we get a wonderful evocation of Fleet Street in it's early days. Poignant, pithy and powerful. Worth your time.
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