Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House Paperback – 4 Apr 2005
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'Part memoir, part historical fiction, part sleuth-like detective story: it works on every level. The people she unearths are as vivid as characters in a novel, and it makes you think about your own home in a way you never did before' Esther Freud, Telegraph Books of the Year
'”Home” is as absorbing – and often entertaining – as any thriller … The result is a triumph.' Observer
'The idea behind “Home” is beautiful in its simplicity … An engrossing read.' Guardian
'Masterly and moving … A fascinating exercise in social history.' Daily Telegraph
'Pure magic … A wonderful book.' Philip Hensher, Spectator
About the Author
Julie Myerson was born in Nottingham in 1960, read English at Bristol University and worked for the National Theatre and Walker Books before becoming a full-time writer. She has published five novels one of which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2003. She and her partner Jonathan have three children, all of whom have grown up in the house in Clapham.
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I think also there was far too much about her own family and one paragraph after another about the people who frequent the Family Records dept etc. - who cares about them?! I also think the book was poorly edited and should have contained a clear family tree of the people in the house at the beginning of the book for reference as the narrative was confusing and rambling. I couldn't work out where some of the families were connected. I wonder if the author herself knew!
Perhaps the book could have benefitted from some better and deeper research and it would have been more satisfying to have contained more real information about the interesting people from the past and less about the author and her children.
Out and out family historians will find some of her narrative a tad difficult to follow and I could have done with a little less of her own family, but I can see why she wanted to include them: after all it is their story too.
There is proof here that every family has an unmentioned story, love, grief, joy and tragedy... even a black sheep.... all within four walls.
She does embellish things somewhat but after all, she is a novelist and she is trying to make the book interesting and readable. Her embellishments are largely based on facts with her just padding out what she already knows. A book that just lists the bare facts would not be particularly interesting to the general reader.
I also looked forward to reading about her visits to the various archives and records offices where she found out what was in Wills, birth certificates etc.
The only thing that I would agree with the other reviewers about is that there should have been some sort of list showing who was who. Many times I found myself flicking back to passages and pictures trying to remember who was related to who and how.
Overall though, I loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in history and ordinary people.
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One of my favourite books ever. Even better on the second reading. If you live in an old house you will recognise the authors curiosity about who lived out their lives in the same... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Readitmakesyouhappy
A tedious book that I did not engage with one bit. Too many people to remember and all intertwined with Julie's imagined stories - not always easy to tell which was fact and which... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Valerie
Wonderful book - good condition - great value for money and prompt deliveryPublished 7 months ago by Barbara Garvey
This is the first time I have ever taken the time to review a book before; but I do so because I feel that many previous reviews have been rather too negative, and sometimes... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Marina Williams
Wonderful! I saw this book a while ago and only just bought it but well worth the wait! Such a brilliant read I was hooked from page 1. Read morePublished on 13 April 2013 by CMH
I loved the combination of research, detective sory and family saga. Well written and well researched. It had particular resonance for me as I knew the area well at one time.Published on 8 Dec. 2012 by purplehannah
I've been reading earlier reviews, and reached similar conclusions myself. It was a great idea, but it was rather confusing, trying to remember who all these different people were. Read morePublished on 5 Oct. 2012 by Dr. Karen E. McAulay
I was intrigued to discover this book and just had to read it because I lived in Lillieshall Road in the Seventies, long before gastro pubs and million pound house prices. Read morePublished on 27 April 2010 by Mr. N. J. Murray