My Life in Houses, Hardback
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As heard on BBC Radio 4, 'I was born on May 25, 1938, in the front bedroom of a house in Orton Road, on the outer edges of Raffles, a council estate.

I was a lucky girl.' So begins Margaret Forster's journey through the houses she's lived in, from that sparkling new council house, built as part of a utopian vision by Carlisle City Council, to her beloved London house of today, via Oxford, Hampstead, the Lake District and a spell in the Mediterranean.

This is not a book about bricks and mortar, or about how a house becomes a home with the right scatter of cushions. This is a book about what houses are to us, the effect they have on the way we live our lives.

It is also a wonderful backwards glace at the changing nature of our accommodation: from blacking grates and outside privies; to cities dominated by bedsits and lodgings; to houses today being converted back into single dwellings, all open-plan spaces and bringing the outside in.

Finally, it is a gently insistent, personal inquiry into the meaning of home.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Houses, apartments, flats, etc
  • ISBN: 9780701189105



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I do like Margaret Forster's non-fiction. In this book she writes about all the houses she has lived in and the emotional connections she made with them. I love this sort of book and Forster's writing is so interesting and open. I really enjoyed this book.

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