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Author Seymour, Miranda.

Title In my father's house : elegy for an obsessive love / Miranda Seymour
Published London : Simon & Schuster, 2007


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'PONDS  941.086092 Sey/Imf  AVAILABLE
Description xi, 270 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical table, portraits ; 23 cm
Summary "'Dear Thrumpton, how I miss you tonight,' wrote George Seymour in 1944, when he was aged twenty-one. The object of his affection was not a young woman, but a beautiful Jacobean country house in Nottinghamshire - ownership of which was then a distant dream." "It was dream he pursued with obsession, and George Seymour did eventually acquire Thrumpton Hall. It was in this idyllic home that his daughter, the biographer and novelist Miranda Seymour, grew up. Surrounded by Thrumpton's harmonious landscape, preserving an earlier era, she fell in love with the place as her father before her, but soon realised she could not compete when it came to George's affections. The House took priority, and everything else - everyone else - was secondary, even his wife. Life revolved around his capriciousness, his casual cruelty, as warmth and tenderness seemed forever to elude this man who found it easier to love bricks and mortar than people." "Until, that is, the day when, in the full flush of middle age, George Seymour took to riding powerful motorbikes around the countryside clad in black leather and in the company of a young male friend. Had he taken leave of his senses? Or finally found them? And how did this sea-change affect his wife and daughter?" "Biography, autobiography and family memoir, In My Father's House is a riveting and ultimately shocking portrait of desire both overt and suppressed, and the heartbreaking consequences of misplaced love."--BOOK JACKET
Subject Seymour, George.
Seymour, Miranda -- Childhood and youth.
Gentry -- England -- Nottinghamshire -- Biography.
Fathers and daughters.
Middle-aged men -- England -- Biography.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
ISBN 9780743268677