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Where to start reading Vita Sackville-West

Vita Sackville-West was many things; a glamorous aristocrat; reckless romantic; devoted wife; mother of two talented sons; passionate paramour of Virginia Woolf; muse of Orlando, and a prolific, bestselling writer. 

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'I told her that love was passion and friendship - passion in the secret night, but comradeship in the open places under the sun, and that whereas passion was the drunkeness of love, friendship was its food and clear water and warmth...'

Ruth Pennistan is a farmer’s daughter, born and brought up in Kent. But her dark hair and eyes belie a forgotten ancestry – a Spanish gypsy grandmother and a passionate inheritance.

Malory, the rather straight-laced guest of the family, falls head over heels in love, even whilst Ruth becomes trapped against her will in a drama of love and tragedy with another man.

Full of feeling, glamour and excitement, this enthralling novel is not to be missed.


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