Thanks Steve for excellent hosting (crisps in a bowl!) and a great book club last Friday.
We enjoyed Julia’s stories of episodes from her life, introduced using the animals and pets she had over the years. It was a good technique to give you a glimpse into her difficult childhood and family life but without directly telling the story as misery-lit. Most of us found it a light touch way to show her relationships with her parents and their chaotic sounding lives, although the shortness of the book, whilst appreciated, did mean a lot was missed out. Steve tells us that following this, JB wrote a full memoir of her life with her parents, The Three of Us, so this was perhaps her introduction and way into writing more about her family.
This book shouldn’t be confused with Claire Balding’s memoir with the same title. One nameless booker may have read and not enjoyed that by mistake…..
Details for next time:
Thursday 13 April – I was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn
Friday 12 May – Travels with my Aunt by Graham Greene
Choosing next – Candida