A Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin


A Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin 

Tomalin explains, in the foreword, that it has been a challenge moving between “the trivial and the tragic”. Her aim is “truthfulness” and she adds the Chekhovian afterthought that life does not hold its breath for anyone: “Even when you are at the worst moments and would like to give all your attention to grief, you still have to clean the house and pay the bills, you may even enjoy your lunch.” She was moved to write the memoir partly to understand herself better, approaching herself like a biographical subject. She discovered she was not making “individual choices” but was typical of her time (she was born in 1933) and “about as powerless to resist as a migrating bird or a salmon swimming upstream”.

A Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin is published by Penguin (£16.99)\

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 See also :

Claire Tomalin – Wikipedia



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