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Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Gardens Paperback – 1 May 2004
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About the Author
Virginia Nicholson is the elder daughter of Quentin and Olivier Bell. After studying at Cambridge University she worked as a television researcher. She lives in Sussex near Charleston and is a member of the Charleston Committee.
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This memoir of the house is written by Quentin Bell and Virginia Nicholson, Vanessa's younger son and grand-daughter. Quentin was 85 when he began writing the first draft but as his health failed, his daughter sat by his bed recording his memories. The book is imbued with their love for the house (as well as being a daughter's affectionate memoir of her father). Quentin's memories, in particular, convey what a magical place it was to live in. Happily, without any of that Bloomsbury Set adulation that so often gets up my nose ... to him, they were real people, Vanessa a loving mother, Clive Bell emerging from his bathroom 'pink as a peach', Maynard Keynes sweeping in with the Evening Standard and the fascination of his involvement with high politics and the Treaty of Versailles, his ballerina wife who could bore for Russia.
What a shame that the house is now a shrine for visitors, when it was once so full of life - a place to be enjoyed, not revered.
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I have been to Charleston and was enchanted by it. This book does a good job to capture the beauty and uniqueness of the house and explain the stories of its inhabitants and the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Leser
Fascinating book - gives a real insight into the lives that created this remarkable home.Published 11 months ago by jem ruel
Bought to read before I visited this amazing house - really really well written, love it and the house.Published 19 months ago by S Greenwood
What a fantastic book...good clear detailed photos.......almost as good as visiting the actual house !Published 22 months ago by joo
Really high quality print of the house and artefacts with pictures, often full page, on every spread and text to take you through each room. Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2014 by chris hudson
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