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Portrait Of A Marriage


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To be reissued alongside Nigel Nicolson's Virginia Woolf One of the most revealing and endearing portraits of literary life at the time of the Bloomsbury circle - now regarded as a classic Over 500,000 copies already sold in paperback A captivating and personal account written by Vita Sackville-West's son Nigel Nicolson won the Whitbread Prize for his biography of Mary Curzon Memorable BBC TV series, starring Janet McTeer 'One of the most absorbing stories, built around two very remarkable people, ever to stray from Gothic fiction into real life' Times Literary Supplement

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Nigel Nicolson is the son of the politician, diarist and biographer Harold Nicolson, and the poet and writer Vita Sackville-West who restored Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, now a property of the National Trust. The family were close friends with Virginia and Leonard Woolf. Nicolson was the co-founder of Weidenfeld & Nicolson, was a Conservative MP in the 1950s and is the author of fifteen previous books.


A brilliantly structured account of the dramas, infidelities and deep emotional attachment that went to construct the partnership of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West -- Michael de-la-Noy * Guardian *
One of the most absorbing stories, built around two very remarkable people, ever to stray from Gothic fiction into real life * Times Literary Supplement *
Portrait of a Marriage is as close to a cry from the heart as anybody writing English in our time has come, and it is a cry that, once heard, is not likely ever to be forgotten ... Unexpected and astonishing -- Brendan Gill * The New Yorker *
The charm of this book lies in the elegance of its narration, the taste with which their son has managed to convey the real, enduring quality of his parents' love for each other -- Doris Grumbach * New Republic *
Nigel's insightful Portrait of a Marriage shines a light on a fascinating couple * Literary Ladies Guide *
An intimate and controversial account of his bisexual parents' open relationship -- Jennifer Conlin * New York Times *

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