Divided Lives: Dreams of a Mother and Daughter

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Today we publish Divided Lives, in which the renowned and award-winning biographer Lyndall Gordon turns to her own story. It’s a wonderfully layered memoir about the expectations of love and duty between mother and daughter, an intensely realised tale of loyalty and division; breakdown and recovery; migration and home.

Here’s what the critics are saying:

Literature is where their relationship blossomed and where it is now preserved

Claire Harman, The Guardian


A biographer with soul, she reaches into the hearts of those she brings alive for us. She makes the meaning of their lives sing and sweat as she invites us into their experiences, their longings, their struggles and their disappointments. [A] fascinating mix between memoir and biography

Susie Orbach, The Observer


Prose both lyrical and meticulous… beautiful

Evening Standard

A revised edition of Lyndall Gordon’s remarkable biography of Virginia Woolf, Virginia Woolf: A Writer’s Life, will also be available as an ebook for the first time from July 3rd.

Read a piece by Lyndall Gordon on Virginia Woolf and suicide

Visit the National Portrait Gallery’s Virginia Woolf exhibition

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