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4.0 out of 5 stars An honest account of a very interesting woman., 1 Sep 2003
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This is a very honest and moving account of the life of a remarkable lady. I had never heard of Elizabeth Jane howard before I picked up this book, but once I had picked it up I couldn't put it down! It starts off slowly with her early life and the difficult relationship between Elizabeth and her mother, but quickly picks up after moving away from home.
She comes across to start with as very naive when it comes to relationships and speaks very openly about motherhood and her early relationship with her daughter.
Elizabeth Jane Howard has some remarkable friends and all though I had not heard of her before most of her friends, lovers and acquaintances are giants in the literary world. Cecil Day-louis, Arthur Koestler, Louis st Bernieres and of course her third husband Kingsley Amis, to name just a few.
Although her relationship with Kingley Amis lasted over eighteen years it ended badly, and thier differences were not resolved before his death. However Elizabeth Jane Howard speaks about him with great affection regardless.
I enjoyed this book so much that I have now bought a copy of Kingley Amis' boigraphy to hear his side of the story!
This book is a must for fans of biography and literature.
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Initial post: 8 Nov 2012 21:30:08 GMT
Check your facts my dear - Louis St Bernieres (or should that be Lewis St Bernard?....or...) would have been her junior by about 30 years or so - you are thinking of Laurie Lee. Agree that it is fascinating to cross check with bio info on Kingsley Amis to see what the fly on the wall might really have seen, but on the whole I'm with EJH.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2013 18:06:29 GMT
Four Violets says:
EJH DID know Bernieres - he was a friend, the reviewer did also use the word "friend" - ?
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