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Divided Lives by Lyndall Gordan

About the book Divided Lives

Lyndall Gordon was born in 1941, in Cape Town. Born to a mother whose mysterious illness confined her for years to life indoors, Lyndall was a child who grew to know life through books, story-telling and her mother's own writings. It was an exciting, precious world, pure and rich in dreams and imagination - untainted by the demands of reality. But a daughter grows up…

Lyndall began to explore her own sense of identity, and the understanding that ‘I would not fulfil her dreams'. Divided Lives is a wonderfully layered memoir about the expectations of love and duty between mother and daughter. Here are kin who are alike as dreamers, whose dreams will take them different ways: the mother as visionary, the daughter exploring the question of how to be a woman.

Lyndall Gordon is the prize-winning author of six biographies including Lives Like Loaded Guns:Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds and The Imperfect Life of TS Eliot, and also Shared Lives, a memoir of women's friendship in her native South Africa. She is a fellow of the

Royal Society of Literature, and lives in Oxford where she is a fellow of St Hilda's College.

About the authorLyndall Gordan

Lyndall Gordon is the prize-winning author of six biographies,including Lives Like Loaded Guns:Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds and The Imperfect Life of TS Eliot, and also Shared Lives, a memoir of women's friendship in her native South Africa. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and lives in Oxford where she is a fellow of St Hilda's College.