Kingsland, Rosemary - The Secret Life of a Schoolgirl: A Memoir. Crown, Uncorrected Proof, 2003.
Kingsland's memoir is extrarodinary - a rare jewel. Born in India in the dying days of the British Raj, she was raised in an atmosphere of privilege. But when she was still a child, her family was forced to return to England, where their fortunes took a decided turn for the worse. Strapped for cash, hobbled by her father's drinking and womanizing, the family moved to rural Cornwall, living in a falling-down house, miserable and isolated. They soon relocated to grim, post-war London, where the si9mmering tension between Rosemary's parents erupted into outright warfare. It was not a happy childhood. But one day, Rosemary's life changed forever. At a pub, where she sat alone waiting for her father, she met the dashingly handsome Welsh actor who was then the toast of London, and whom she had seen in Under Milkwood some months before. She was thirteen. Richard Butron was twenty-nine. ... is a dramatic, romantic coming-of-age story about the power of first love and sexual awakening, made all the more remarkable by luminous writing. This is a book that will stay in your mind long after you have finished reading it. (back cover).
9¼" x 6¼", 344pp, paperback.
Slight edge-wear; very good; no spine creases.
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