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The Angel of Charleston: Grace Higgens, Housekeeper to the Bloomsbury Group Hardcover – Illustrated, 8 Oct 2013

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division (8 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712358676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712358675
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Tells a delightful story' --Country Life

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Stewart MacKay is a writer, archivist and cultural historian. He studied at St Andrews University, The City University in London and Leiden University in The Netherlands before training as an archivist at Glasgow University. He has taught Art History throughout Italy for the past seven years, guest-lectured in Cultural Studies at several American universities and has worked as an archivist at The British Library.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marit Johnsen on 13 Nov. 2013
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This is a charming book. The focus is this time on Grace Higgens who were the painter Vanessa Bell's housekeeper and also, so it seems,a good friend to her and Duncan Grant for fifty years.Starting as nursemaid for Vanessa Bell's three children, she continued to serve the family as a housekeeper when she married and had a family of her own.
Through her diaries we learn about "The Bloomsbury Group" seen from a different angle.Grace followed her employer to St. Tropez in the South of France, to Charleston, and of course; London.
These visits are delightfully commented on, and we learn a lot about household difficulties but also about distinguished guests and life in general.
Many incidents however,are left out, and if one is not familiar with the story behind "The Bloomsbury Group", it can be somewhat hard to follow the author's comments some of the time.
But all in all, it is an interesting voice we hear.
In Grace's own words: "They were my sort of people. I was very fond of them all."
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carly funnell on 8 Sept. 2013
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Brilliant not just because she was my great grandmother but so interesting to hear about the Bloomsbury group x x x
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jf on 7 Mar. 2014
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This biography of a bloomsbury servant and friend is interesting from its unusual perspective if the Bell/Woolf families but is light on detail of their everyday life. Quentin Bell often covers the material more personally
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jane Carmedy on 18 April 2015
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I couldn't recommend this book. The author was jumping on the Virginia/Vanessa bandwagon
If you're a fan of either Bell or Woolf you'd be disappointed
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Five Stars 17 Dec. 2014
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never can get too much of bloomsbury
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