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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way
By (author): Nancy Spain

ISBN:

9781474618656

Product Form:

Paperback
Paperback
English

Audience:

General/trade
Dec 07, 2021
$19.99 CAD
Forthcoming

Page Count:

288 pages
Orion Publishing Group
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs

The superb classic memoir from a dazzlingly eccentric and endlessly fascinating author and feminist icon - a woman very much ahead of her time - including her time spent on the glorious island of Skiathos

'A happy, hilarious book' Daily Express

Nancy Spain was one of the most celebrated - and notorious - writers and broadcasters of the 50s and 60s. Witty, controversial and brilliant, she lived openly as a lesbian (sharing a household with her two lovers and their various children) and was frequently litigated against for her newspaper columns - Evelyn Waugh successfully sued her for libel... twice.

Nancy Spain had a deep love of the Mediterranean. So it was no surprise when, in the 1960s, she decided to build a place of her own on the Greek island of Skiathos. With an impractical nature surpassed only by her passion for the project, and despite many obstacles, she gloriously succeeded. This classic memoir is infused with all Spain's chaotic brilliance, zest for life and single-minded pursuit of a life worth living.

Perfect for fans of A PLACE IN THE SUN and ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY

'Full of fun, and that zest of intelligence that never left her' Sunday Times

Nancy Spain was a prominent novelist, broadcaster and journalist. She was a columnist for the Daily Express and She magazine in the 1950s and 1960s. She also appeared on many radio broadcasts, particularly on Woman's Hour, and later as a panellist on the television programmes What's My Line? and Juke Box Jury. Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1917, she was the great-niece of the legendary Mrs Beeton. During the second world war she worked as a driver and served in the WRNS and after the war she published several detective novels set at a girls' school. Always controversial, her column-writing caused the Daily Express to be sued - twice - by Evelyn Waugh.

Full of fun, and that zest of intelligence that never left her after she had become famous and a "name" ... Sharing her own feelings of happiness was Nancy's art and privilege, a rare one in this day and place—SUNDAY TIMES

It is a happy, hilarious book ... N Spain, as she liked to call herself, loved to make people laugh, very often at herself—DAILY EXPRESS

Rumbustiously she rattles from childhood memories to TV gossip, anecdote, wisecrack, name-dropping and travelogue ... a high-spirited projection of the admired and lamented image—DAILY TELEGRAPH

Nancy's great qualities were her zest for life and her warm, North-country heart—TATLER

Have you ever read a book with this for a side-heading to a chapter: "put that angel down, you don't know where she's been"? No? Well, start right now—ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS

A gay, generous autobiography-cum-travel book which the author finished only a few hours before her tragic last flight—SUNDAY EXPRESS

Some people thought her merely bohemian, but others were grateful to have so engaging a role-model—INDEPENDENT

As funny and warm and clever as Nancy herself. You can hear her voice in every line—Frank Muir and Denis Norden

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