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This review is from: Under a Canvas Sky: Living Outside Gormenghast (Hardcover)
What an extraordinary achievement this book is. How do you capture a uniquely beautiful childhood without any tinge of boastfulness or celebrate your love for a great father of unique talent without a shred of self indulgence? Clare Peake has succeeded with a gentle self deprecating humour and a love of humanity the size of a planet.
Anyone who loves Mervyn Peake's `Gormenghast' or his poetry, or his fantastic illustrations must read this book as Clare introduces us to her father in a book that is partly a tender biography. Secondly we have a playful and original account of what it was like to grow up in Chelsea in the 60s. But most magically Clare has managed to include here everything that her two exceptional and loving parents taught her about life, about parenting, and about love and in doing so generously shares her parents with us all.
Ten stars out of a possible five Clare Peake.