Divided Lives by Lyndall Gordon: out in paperback today

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Today we publish the paperback of Divided Lives, a universal story story of mothers and daughters from the renowned and award-winning biographer of Emily Dickinson, T. S. Eliot, Charlotte Bronte, Virginia Woolf, and many more.

It’s a wonderfully layered memoir about the expectations of love and duty between mother and daughter. The time, the place, the people and the situation are Lyndall’s – but the division between generations, the pain and the joy of being a daughter are everywoman’s.


Here’s what the critics have been saying:

Lyndall Gordon manages to avoid being undaughterly about her exciting, difficult, self-obsessed mother . . . as racy as a novel’
– 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’
– Observer

‘This quietly devastating book takes us into many strange terrains but it is to the ‘inner life of that room’ in Cape Town that Gordon finds herself returning. It was there she fountained into one of our most sensitive writers’
– Mail on Sunday

‘[A] beautifully written and troubling memoir’
– Independent on Sunday

Memoir of the year? Divided Lives, Lyndall Gordon’s enthralling and painful account of her relationship with her mother’
– Elizabeth Lowry, Times Literary Supplement

Many of Lyndall Gordon’s brilliant, highly acclaimed biographies are now available in ebook as well as physical editions – follow the links below to find out more.

Charlotte Bronte

Henry James

The Imperfect Life of T. S. Eliot

Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson

Shared Lives

Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft

Virginia Woolf

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