Kiss Myself Goodbye: The Many Lives of Aunt Munca (Hardback)Ferdinand Mount (author)
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Brimming with tall tales and jaw-dropping revelations, Mount’s literary odyssey in search of a mysterious aunt is rollicking entertainment with a darkly tragic undercurrent.
Aunt Munca never told the truth about anything. Calling herself after the mouse in a Beatrix Potter story, she was already a figure of mystery during the childhood of her nephew Ferdinand Mount.
Half a century later, a series of startling revelations sets him off on a tortuous quest to find out who this extraordinary millionairess really was. What he discovers is shocking and irretrievably sad, involving multiple deceptions, false identities and abandonments. The story leads us from the back streets of Sheffield at the end of the Victorian age to the highest echelons of English society between the wars.
Kiss Myself Goodbye is both an enchanting personal memoir like the author's bestselling Cold Cream, and a voyage into a vanished moral world. An unconventional tale of British social history told backwards, its cryptic and unforgettable protagonist Munca joins the ranks of memorable aunts in literature, from Dickens's Betsy Trotwood to Graham Greene's Aunt Augusta.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 542 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
"Aunt Munca flees the streets of Sheffield for a suite at Claridges, getting younger by the year and leaving behind her a trail of brazen lies and shattered pieties. In his family memoir, Ferdinand Mount pursues her with wit and skill through a career in which crime pays, marriage is for a week, and children are lost like old gloves. Kiss Myself Goodbye is grimly funny and superbly written, with a twist on every page." - Hilary Mantel
"Delightfully compulsive and unforgettably original. Mount unpeels the layers of this mysterious life with the tenacity of an experienced detective and the excitement of a fresh-eyed enthusiast." - Hadley Freeman
"Extraordinary ... shed[s] a brilliant light on the strangeness of people's lives, the need for disguise and masquerade, the shame that drives people to act in the most peculiar ways, the ghosts that reside, unburied, within us." - Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
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“An engrossing story of a woman with more layers than an onion”
A few things drew me to this book. First of all it was the intrigue behind the author's Aunt Munca, not just the fact that she used the name of a Beatrix Potter mouse but also the fact she was quite a mysterious... More
I was completely gripped by this astonishing tale. You really couldn’t make it up. Ferdinand Mount is a superb writer and I have recommended this book to many friends.
“Who do you think she was?”
Absolutely riveting book. I bought it to give as a present, started reading and devoured it whole.
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