From a childhood of gothic proportions in a vicarage on the Welsh
borders, through adolescence, leaving herself teetering on the
brink of the 1960's, Lorna Sage vividly and wittily brings to life
a vanished time and place and illuminates the lives of three
generations of women. Lorna Sage's memoir of childhood and
adolescence is a brilliantly written bravura piece of work, which
vividly and wickedly brings to life her eccentric family and
somewhat bizarre upbringing in the small town of Hanmer, on the
border between Wales and Shropshire. The period as well as the
place is evoked with crystal clarity: from the 1940s, dominated for
Lorna by her dissolute but charismatic vicar grandfather, through
the 1950s, where the invention of fish fingers revolutionised the
lives of housewives like Lorna's mother, to the brink of the 1960s,
where the community was shocked by Lorna's pregnancy at 16, an
event which her grandmother blamed on `the fiendish invention of
sex'. Bad Blood is often extremely funny, and is at the same time a
deeply intelligent insight by a unique literary stylist into the
effect on three generations of women of their environment and their
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