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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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Tells a delightful story' --Country Life

About the Author

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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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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This is a brief bio of Grace Higgens, the long-term housekeeper of one of the Bloomsbury group's famous members (painter Vanessa Bell. It is well written and effectively depicts the era when all middle-class people had at least one servant. There are extensive quotes from the subject's diaries. Unfortunately, these constitue only a small section of the work overall as Grace did not keep detailed diaries for much of the 50 year period she was employed as housekeeper with the same group of people. Because of this, it tends to be a rather fragmentary than a detailed record of this life. One is left wondering a little about the specifics of her life, particularly the later years when she had retired. Nevertheless, the author has cobbled together a reasonable account of this life and the often colourful characters who appeared in it. Recommended for all those with an interest in the Bloombury group and the people who looked after them.
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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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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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