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Elisabeth's Lists: A Family Story (Hardback)
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Elisabeth's Lists: A Family Story (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 01/03/2018
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Many years after the death of her grandmother, Lulah Ellender inherited a curious object - a book of handwritten lists. On the face of it, Elisabeth's lists seemed rather ordinary - shopping lists, items to be packed for a foreign trip, a tally of the eggs laid by her hens.

But from these everyday fragments, Lulah began to weave together the extraordinary life of the grandmother she never knew.  A life lived in the most rarefied and glamorous of circles, from Elisabeth's early years as an ambassador's daughter in 1930s China, to her marriage to a British diplomat and postings in Madrid under Franco's regime, post-war Beirut, Rio de Janeiro and Paris.

It was also a life of stark contrasts - between the opulent excess of embassy banquets and the deprivations of wartime rationing in England, between the unfailing charm she displayed in public and the dark depressions that blanketed her in private, between her great appetite for life and her sudden, early death.

Throughout Elisabeth's adult life, the lists were a source of structure and comfort. And now, as Lulah learns that she is losing her own mother, she finds herself turning to her grandmother's life, and to her much-travelled book of lists, in search of meaning and solace. Elisabeth's Lists is both a vivid memoir and a moving study of the familial threads that binds us, even beyond death.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781783783830
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 444 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 x 20 mm


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'This is a hauntingly beautiful meditation on life and death.' - The Guardian

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“A remarkable story of an extraordinary woman.”

Not only a fascinating exploration of an extraordinary women's life but a beautifully vivid story that superbly intertwines the lives of three generations of daughters.
As I read, I felt like I travelled... More

Hardback edition
17th March 2018
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“A joy to read!”

I, and my 70ish year old mother and father all loved this book - it is moving, insightful, has funny moments, and is a really thoughtful insight into the life of a very interesting woman. I also like the way the... More

Hardback edition
24th May 2018
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“Amazing book - beautifully written, moving and reflective memoir combined with a fascinating insight into social history, highly recommended!”

I adored this elegantly written memoir documenting the life of an extraordinary woman living an extraordinary life.

The author masterfully weaves together the life story of the grandmother Elisabeth whom she never... More

Hardback edition
2nd May 2018
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