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Writing Home: Selected Essays

ISBN: 9781910258330
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In the pieces brought together in Writing Home, Polly Devlin OBE, most bewitching of writers, covers subjects that range over her whole life and thought
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In the pieces brought together in Writing Home, Polly Devlin, most bewitching of writers, covers subjects that range over her whole life and thought. She writes about places: about her childhood deep in the Irish countryside (where, in the late 1950s the first electricity poles looked `literally out of place'); her sudden transition, at the age of twenty-two, to Swinging Sixties London, where she worked for Vogue (`it's like being a provincial at Versailles'), on to New York, back to London then to the English countryside, and Paris, Venice, St Petersburg, the world over - and always back to London and New York. She writes about the people she has known, among them Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Mick Jagger, Peggy Guggenheim, Diana Vreeland (`as fantastical as a unicorn'), Jean Shrimpton, Grace Coddington, Princess Margaret (who came to dinner and did the washing up - `the most un-charming person I ever met'). And she writes about the issues that have preoccupied her: about emigration, feminism (`I grew up in a society where men were fundamental and women were secondary'), reading, writing, collecting, shopping, style, houses, dogs, rooks, hares, dreams, contrarians, friendship and the kindness of strangers; about daughters and mothers and mothers-in-law; and about wishes; and faux pas.

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In the pieces brought together in Writing Home, Polly Devlin, most bewitching of writers, covers subjects that range over her whole life and thought. She writes about places: about her childhood deep in the Irish countryside (where, in the late 1950s the first electricity poles looked `literally out of place'); her sudden transition, at the age of twenty-two, to Swinging Sixties London, where she worked for Vogue (`it's like being a provincial at Versailles'), on to New York, back to London then to the English countryside, and Paris, Venice, St Petersburg, the world over - and always back to London and New York. She writes about the people she has known, among them Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Mick Jagger, Peggy Guggenheim, Diana Vreeland (`as fantastical as a unicorn'), Jean Shrimpton, Grace Coddington, Princess Margaret (who came to dinner and did the washing up - `the most un-charming person I ever met'). And she writes about the issues that have preoccupied her: about emigration, feminism (`I grew up in a society where men were fundamental and women were secondary'), reading, writing, collecting, shopping, style, houses, dogs, rooks, hares, dreams, contrarians, friendship and the kindness of strangers; about daughters and mothers and mothers-in-law; and about wishes; and faux pas.

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