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Pair – Another Self & My Grandmothers and I
James Lees-Milne, Another Self - Slightly Foxed Plain Foxed Edition
Diana Holman-Hunt, My Grandmothers & I - Slightly Foxed: Plain Foxed Edition
  • Dimensions: 110 x 170mm
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Binding: Clothbound hardback
  • Trimmings: Silk ribbon, head- & tailband; gold blocking to spine
  • Binding: Clothbound hardback
  • Trimmings: Silk ribbon, head- & tailband; gold blocking to spine

Pair – Another Self & My Grandmothers and I

Holman-Hunt, Lees-Milne

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Eccentric Early Years

James Lees-Milne, Another Self

A deeply religious child, Lees-Milne spent much of his childhood wandering dreamily in the grounds of his parents’ medieval manor house, Wickhamford Manor in Worcestershire. It gave him a nostalgia for the past and a love of historic buildings which would lead to his later distinguished career with the National Trust. Droll, shy and sexually ambivalent, Lees-Milne wrote that he ‘always felt an outsider in every circle’. It was this, combined with his eye for detail and highly developed sense of the ridiculous, that made him such a wonderful comic writer. John Betjeman compared the impact of Another Self to that of Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall.

Diana Holman-Hunt, My Grandmothers and I

Diana Holman-Hunt spent her Edwardian childhood shuttling between two wildly contrasting grandparents. Her paternal grandmother, the eccentric widow of the Pre-Raphaelite painter Holman Hunt, lived entirely in the past in her big gaunt house in Kensington, while her mother’s mother, in her comfortable and well-ordered home on the edge of the Sussex marshes, lived entirely in the present. Both competed for Diana’s affection while being spectacularly blind to her needs. My Grandmothers and I is Diana’s touching and darkly funny memoir of that time – a small comic masterpiece of pitch-perfect dialogue and deadpan observation.

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