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Kipling and Trix Paperback – 31 Oct 2012
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Hamer's book opens up the complex world of the Kiplings, moving between continents and momentous world events. --The Daily Mail
It's an unexpectedly exciting read, and a deserved winner of the Virginia Prize for Fiction. Kipling's life is a fascinating one, and Hamer provides a richly-detailed portrait of it. --Neon Magazine
Had Kipling & Trix merely focused on Rudyard it would've been an interesting book...but expanding the focus to look at Trix and how her talent was purposely stunted, eventually driving her to madness, is what makes this book truly engaging. The Writes of Woman blog
About the Author
Mary Hamer travels widely and has lectured in many countries. Her work has appeared in The Economist, The Guardian and The Independent. She has contributed to television and radio programmes, such as BBC s Women s Hour and Night Waves. Mary began her career teaching at Cambridge University but soon found that research was her real passion. Ever since Rudyard Kipling lit her imagination as a child, Mary had wanted to write about him. Later, she realised that the story of his sister, Trix, was just as compelling. She set out to research the facts in libraries and archives. But it was visiting the places where they lived, from Mumbai to Cape Town, that brought them closer to her. In Naulakha, the house Kipling built in Vermont, Mary slept in his bedroom and soaked in his own bath. For the intimate story shehad to tell, she decided it had to be fiction. Kipling & Trix is her fifth book and first novel. See http://tinyurl.com/obuus6n for an interview with Mary Hamer on Canadian radio.
Top Customer Reviews
Kipling's 'If . . . ' remains one of the nation's favourite poems and its author was in his day a National Treasure, being offered both a knighthood and the Poet Laureatship. He turned down both although he accepted the Nobel Prize in Literature. But what happened to his sister?
In 'Kipling and Trix' Mary Hamer gives us the answer. It is a riveting story which she presents as a novel so allowing for the creation of convincing dialogue and insights into the thought processes of both Kipling and his talented but troubled sibling.
We are shown that Trix shared all Kipling's formative childhood experiences, from idyllic times in India to trauma in Southsea where the children were placed as boarders with a totally unsuitable family. Like Kipling, she too wrote. Also she was witty and beautiful, attractive enough to win two offers of marriage from Lord Clanboye, son of the Viceroy. What reduced this talented and vibrant girl to a woman who literally tore out her own hair leaving 'blood trickling onto her forehead'?
If you read 'Kipling and Trix' you find out.
The narrative flows along comfortably in a prose that is pleasant and engaging to read. Occasionally the plot seems a little rushed, in that significant events are covered in a few spare lines and then events move on with a rather unseemly haste, while other episodes in the lives of the family are covered in almost forensic detail.
Having spent their earliest years in British colonial India, both Rudyard (known as Ruddy in his family) and Trix were sent to live with a martinet carer in Southsea in England – an experience that Kipling particularly hated and deeply affected his personality. Both siblings wrote from an early age and on their return to India, Kipling started writing and publishing his poems and stories, and Trix also had fiction published. Despite these literary successes, both Kipling siblings met severe challenges in their adult life – bereavement and illness for Rudyard and mental health issues for Trix, who became infatuated with the new fad of spirit writing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wouldn't say I am Kipling's number one fan. His devotion to empire seems out of sync with the twenty first century. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jo king
I am usually wary of novels masquerading as a biography, however I found this book rivetting and I became very involved with Richard Kipling and his sister.Published 8 months ago by P L Moody
An intimate story, which helps to understand their relationship and the pressures of the times.Published 10 months ago by Roger Allton
My favourite kind of book is one that entertains and informs: Kipling and Trix does both in spades. Set in four continents and told from the perspectives of many characters, the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Louisa T.
this is a book about Rudyard Kipling and his sister. It is a fascinating account of their lives and was quite informative. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Postcard Reviews
A fascinating story which is all the more interesting because it is true. I was enthralled by the characters, some of whom I had known about, but their lives and personalities... Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2015 by HelenoutofAfrica
This is a fascinating book - a sensitive account of the Kipling family's complex relationships, particularly that between Rudyard and his sister Trix. Read morePublished on 30 Nov. 2014 by Mrs J A Braid
This novel evokes a previous era when women were not expected to have the audacity to aspire to literary success. Read morePublished on 17 Nov. 2014 by mary
This is a great read. Mary Hamer's voice is very refreshing in that it is clear and succinct. It gives a very good idea of what life was like in the late 19th, early 20th century,... Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2014 by Janet Ferguson