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Home and Family

The homes we make with our families are the bedrock of our lives, and our domestic arrangements are perhaps the greatest force shaping our lives. There are some fascinating books on the topic, such as Julie Myerson's investigation of the families who'd lived in her house in previous decades, Jackie Kay's memoir of adoption and tracking down her Nigerian father, and many more.

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The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden...
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Edmund De Waal
A memoir that traces the network of a remarkable family against the backdrop of a tumultuous century. It tells the story of a unique collection which passed from hand to...
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Red Dust Road
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Jackie Kay
 
Jackie Kay's compassionate, life-affirming and extraordinarily moving memoir
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At Home: A Short History of Private Life
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Bill Bryson
 
What does history really consists of? Centuries of people quietly going about their daily business - sleeping, eating, having sex, endeavouring to get comfortable. And where did all these normal...
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Family Romance: A Memoir
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John Lanchester
 
Pieces together the author's family's past and uncovers their secrets - from his grandparents' life in colonial Rhodesia to his mother's time as a nun.
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Hancox
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Charlotte Moore
 
Hancox is the Tudor hall house in rural Sussex where the author grew up, and where she lives. It's been in the family since her ancestor Milicent Ludlow, young, single...
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Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History
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Adam Nicolson
 
A fascinating account from award-winning author Adam Nicolson of the history of Nicolson's own national treasure, his family home: Sissinghurst.
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A Lie About My Father
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John Burnside
 
Tells the story of a lost and damaged world of childhood and the constants of his father's world: men defined by drink they could take and the pain they could...
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Nobody's Child
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Kate Adie
 
Bestselling author and BBC reporter Kate Adie writes vividly, inspiringly and from many fascinating perspectives about what it means to be an abandoned child.
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Things My Mother Never Told Me
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Blake Morrison
 
"And When Did You Last See Your Father?" is about a son's search to discover the truth about the remarkable Kerry girl who qualified as a doctor in Dublin in...
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And When Did You Last See Your Father?
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Blake Morrison
 
Presents a portrait of family life, father-son relationships and bereavement.
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Running in the Family
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Michael Ondaatje
 
The much-loved, critically-acclaimed memoir from the Booker Prize-winning author of The English Patient
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Inheritance: The Story of Knole and...
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Robert Sackville-West
 
A fascinating memoir of an extraordinary family told through the vast, four hundred year old house, Knole
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Roots
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Alex Haley
 
Tracing his ancestry through six generations - slaves and freedmen, farmers and blacksmiths, lawyers and architects - back to Africa, the author discovered a sixteen-year-old youth, Kunta Kinte. This title...
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