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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...
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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The Country House Revealed: A Secret...
Dan Cruickshank
 
Spanning the architectural history of the country house from the disarming Elizabethan charm of South Wraxall, the classical rigour of Kinross in Scotland, the majesty and ingenuity of Hawksmoor's Easton...
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Red Dust Road
Red Dust Road (Paperback)
Jackie Kay
 
Jackie Kay's compassionate, life-affirming and extraordinarily moving memoir
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Family Romance: A Memoir
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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Nick Barratt
 
From the makers of the award-winning BBC series and Dr Nick Barratt, the UK's leading authority on family history, comes the definitive, must-have guide to researching your family's roots and...
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And When Did You Last See Your Father?
Blake Morrison
 
Presents a portrait of family life, father-son relationships and bereavement.
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Nobody's Child
Nobody's Child (Paperback)
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
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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The Big House: The Story of a Country...
Christopher Simon Sykes
 
The highly praised biography of an archetypal great house and the family who lived there for over 250 years.
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Hancox
Hancox (Paperback)
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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At Home: A Short History of Private Life
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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Roots
Roots (Paperback)
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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Running in the Family
Michael Ondaatje
 
The much-loved, critically-acclaimed memoir from the Booker Prize-winning author of The English Patient
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A Lie About My Father
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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Inheritance: The Story of Knole and...
Robert Sackville-West
 
Since its purchase in 1604 by Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset, the house at Knole, Kent, has been inhabited by thirteen generations of a single aristocratic family, the Sackvilles...
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Mother Country: A Memoir
Jeremy Harding
 
A literary memoir of adoption and the need to belong that talks about a childhood spent in transit between Notting Hill Gate and a decrepit houseboat on the banks of...
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