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Hanging on: Diaries, 1960-63

Frances Partridge knew well most of the leading members of the Bloomsbury group. Hanging On contains many of her memories of them. It also contains, among her reflections on her own life, her private thoughts on the complex relations between herself, Dora Carrington, Lytton Strachey and her beloved husband Ralph. It is with the death of Ralph in 1960 that this book opens. But even in the depths of morbidity Frances Partridge never loses her knowledge of the fecundity of life, her sense of fun, her eye for absurdity, or her capacity and hunger for beauty, that much-derided Bloomsbury characteristic. 'There's no living diarist like her and she has much more to give us.' Nicholas Henderson, Evening Standard
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With the publication of Life Regained Frances Partridge is now recognised as one of the greatest diarists of the century The author reviews regularly for the Spectator and is extremely well known and respected in the literary and artistic world 'Her diaries...are matched only by those of James Lees-Milne as a hugely entertaining record of literary and social life in post-war England'Sunday Times 'Her diaries would be riveting reading even if the story of her personal life had not been so absorbing and dramatic and even if she were not the gifted writer she is' The Times 'Partridge's opinions are always lucid and her ancestral acidity and sharp self-analysis can be bracing' Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Frances Partridge was born in Bedford Square in 1900. Family friends included Henry James, Conan Doyle and various members of the Strachey family. She has translated many books and with her husband Ralph edited the Greville Memoirs.

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