"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.