Life Among the Savages

Life Among the Savages

Paperback Published on: 01/08/2019
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Life Among the Savages
Though better known for her novels, Jackson wrote her life down too, and it's just as compelling to read, and at times, just as frightening! There is no m... READ MORE


A darkly funny account of family life from the author of The Haunting of Hill House and The Lottery

'Sometimes, in my capacity as a mother, I find myself sitting open-mouthed and terrified before my own children'

As well as being a master of the macabre, Shirley Jackson was also a pitch-perfect chronicler of everyday family life. In Life Among the Savages, her caustically funny account of raising her children in a ramshackle house in Vermont, she deals with rats in the cellar, misbehaving imaginary friends, an oblivious husband and ever-encroaching domestic chaos, all described with wit, warmth and plenty of bite.

'Jackson's family chronicles have a genuinely subversive aspect ... Read today, her pieces feel surprisingly modern - mainly because she refuses to sentimentalize or idealize motherhood' The New York Times Book Review

'Comic masterpieces, laced with hints of the discontent that lies beneath' Guardian

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241387801
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Weight: 179g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm

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Life Among the Savages
Lively, Funny and Charming
Gloriously rendered vignettes of the life of Shirley Jackson, perhaps best known for her gothic masterpiece The Haunting of Hill House. This could not be f... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley