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Long Life: Memoirs

Nigel Nicolson

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

The son of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson tells his own story of soldiering, publishing, politics and authorship.

Nigel Nicolson grew up in the world of Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury's, one of three sons of the uncoventional parents, MP Harold Nicolson and his bisexual wife, the author Vita Sackville-West.

In these memoirs he offers a fresh perspective on their marriage as seen from the viewpoint of one of their children, tells how his twenties were, like others of his generation, subsumed by the second world war (he served in the Grenadier Guards in North Africa) and covers his later life as an MP and full-time writer and publisher with great insight and style.

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Nigel Nicolson

Nigel Nicolson is the son of the politician, diarist and biographer Harold Nicolson, and the poet and writer Vita Sackville-West who restored Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, now a property of the National Trust. The family were close friends with Virginia and Leonard Woolf. Nicolson was the co-founder of Weidenfeld & Nicolson, was a Conservative MP in the 1950s and is the author of fifteen previous books.