Reviews

  • "A small treasure. It is sharp, finely written, sometimes very funny, and would move a black-hearted croupier to tears."

    Country Life
  • "There is an appropriate sense of fresh air blowing through the book's prose ... we are given not only new insights into both her father and her daunting mother, we also come to realise how many of their attributes she has inherited ... The book's power, finally is that it is full of life - life regained, and life reaffirmed."

    Mail on Sunday
  • "Candida Lycett Green is good, clever and beautiful ... a writer of books about England that look almost too affectionate to be serious, but which, like her father John Betjeman's poetry, turn out to be both ... What brings her and the book its strength ... is her almost total recall of past happiness ... There is much fun in this book, and great anecdotes. Lycett Green has such joy in life - why should it end too soon?"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "Eloquent, observant, bracingly idiosyncratic and filled, like a really good journey, with worthwhile detours."

    Evening Standard
  • "Joyful tales from the saddle and the country pub are offset by entries describing the discovery and treatment of Lycett Green's cancer ... bracing, but never bleak and often funny. Neither sentimental nor undignified, it is how you would hope to fight illness ... Lycett Green is always good company."

    Sunday Telegraph