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The Truth Game



By: Vanessa Nicolson(Author)

Language: English

Genre: Society, Politics & Philosophy

Publisher: Quartet Books (6 April 2017)

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The original title of the book: The Truth Game

A breathtakingly honest memoir by the granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West, this beautifully written recollection of the friends, lovers and family who have played a vital role in Vanessa's life is a stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed 'Have You Been Good?' As a teenager Vanessa plays a game with her father: they take turns to ask a question and the other must answer truthfully. One day Vanessa asks: 'Apart from with Mummy, have you ever been so in love that you would have liked to marry someone else?' Her father is visibly shaken and as the truth emerges it becomes clear why... Told as a series of fourteen lucid vignettes in an original and innovative way, The Truth Game is both a haunting exploration of love, loss and grief and a portrait of the vulnerability at the heart of one of Britain's most eminent families. Nicolson distils the concept of truth down to the extraordinary experiences of real-life individuals with shocking and moving consequences.

Vanessa Nicolson is the granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. Her last memoir, Have You Been Good? was published by Granta in 2015. She grew up in London and Florence and has worked as an art historian and journalist. She's married and lives in Sissinghurst, Kent.

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  • By kitabu on 18 April 2017

    A moving, often unexpectedly funny, memoir with an interesting structure: each chapter is a pen portrait of someone who has played a pivotal role in the author's life. However each chapter is more than just a pen portrait - it illuminates an aspect of her life or personality - and she knows how to widen the perspective with the right anecdotal digression or an incisive social observation. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this book is Nicolson's extraordinary ability to scrutinise herself without evasion or self-pity and her ability to write with such lucidity and nuance about exactly the things that are most difficult to write about. Not just painful and difficult things, although there are those, of course - but also about subtle differences in feeling and mood. Much will be made of her grand connections - no doubt it helps with marketing - but in fact the book is only incidentally about those connections - indeed the majority of the subjects of the vignettes are far removed from Bloomsbury. An excellent read which I found difficult to put down - at the end of each chapter the temptation to take a peek at the first few paragraphs of the next one is hard to resist and then you find yourself reading to the end of that too, and so on.

  • By MK on 25 April 2017

    What if we all had the courage to delve into our pasts to explore the nature of "truth", seen through the stories of people whose lives have intersected with ours? What would we say and what would we discover? In her brave and very openly honest accounts in this book Vanessa Nicolson shows how expressive writing can help us come to terms with traumatic, stressful and unresolved experiences in a way that we can all learn from. I found it a very interesting read and, being of an age to have experienced the second wave of feminism in the 1970s, I have had many interesting discussions with friends about the issues Ms Nicolson raises here.

  • By constantreader on 24 July 2017

    I much enjoyed Vanessa Nicolson's first book, Have I Been Good, and this is indeed a worthy successor. She writes of all too familiar adolescent awkwardnesses, and the pain of loss, misunderstandings and misinterpretations which I found often too close for comfort. The cover is perfect - the physical gap between the two people (her mother and father) emphasises that truth - if people can bear to tell it - is very rarely a game. Her writing is evocative and honest, often moving and sometimes very funny too. More please...

  • By LB on 20 April 2017

    A wonderful book. Hard to put it down, its sensitivity, honesty and perception are evident in every personal account. Vanessa Nicolson's ability to express such heartfelt situations is brilliant. It brought my memories of shared situations and relationships back to life after many years and additionally provided me with an insight into relationships which I can personally relate to. I so enjoyed "Have You Been Good" and was looking forward to The Truth Game and certainly wasn't disappointed. I hope there's more to come!

  • By HW on 26 April 2017

    So skilfully written. Some chapters almost moved me to tears, others made me squirm as they threw me back into the agonies of adolescence. Vanessa Nicolson writes the truths of her own life, and of the lives of her friends and family, in a way that makes any reader revisit their own history. At the same time she shows with painful clarity how dark and perilous an elite and 'privileged' life can feel. Full of the big emotions -- love, hate, loss and longing -- this book transports you into many other people's worlds and their own painful truths.

  • By jD on 18 April 2017

    I was drawn in to the book quickly, and was so thoroughly absorbed, that I didn't notice an hour or more had passed. Such sensitive writing, lovely style, a kindly disposition in the observer, makes it rare among autobiographies. Varied scenes, a few famous names, add interest to an already interesting account!

  • By HT Jones on 19 April 2017

    Another cracking read from Vanessa Nicolson - really hard to put down. And an excellent accompaniment to her 2015 memoir Have You Been Good? Once again I read cover to cover without pause. Intelligent, revealing and honest - with insight and humour. The vivid recall of detail is beautifully captured and conveyed.

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