The Three of Us : A Family Story, Paperback Book
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Winner of the J. R. Ackerley Award This is the story of three people: Julia Blackburn, her father Thomas and her mother Rosalie.

Thomas was a poet and an alcoholic, who for many years was addicted to barbiturates; Rosalie, a painter, was sociable and flirtatious.

After her parents were divorced, Julia's mother took in lodgers, always men, on the understanding that each should become her lover.

When one of the lodgers started an affair with Julia, Rosalie was devastated; when he later committed suicide the relationship between mother and daughter was shattered irrevocably. Or so it seemed until the spring of 1999, when Rosalie, diagnosed with leukaemia, came to live with Julia for the last month of her life.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9780099507048

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A quite remarkable memoir. Julia Blackburn is too be congratulated in making the horror story of her childhood into such a lively, affectionate and even funny memoir with such a lack of self pity. Brought up by bohemian, dysfunctional parents, an extreme alcoholic and wild father and a mother who could have been the template for Edwina Monsoon. Perhaps not surprisingly Blackburn as soon as she is old enough rebels in the only way she can, by stealing her mothers boyfriend.A quite remarkable story and like everything else Blackburn has written, beautifully told. Highly recommended

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