xii, 436 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2014 by Jonathan Cape."
Includes bibliographical references and index.
List of Illustrations -- A Fish-shaped Handbag -- Behind the Rocking Horse -- Russians, Radicals and Roman Catholics -- A Delightful Youth -- Et in Arcadia Ego -- Boys and Girls -- Fiends -- Follies and Fur-lined Wombs -- The Orphan on the Top Floor -- In the City of Dreaming Dons -- Gosh I think She's Swell -- The Pram in the Hall -- Put in a Van -- 'From Catamite to Catamite' -- The Nazi -- Robert's Folly -- Purple dye -- Blood Ties -- Dust and Ashes -- The Bell and the Blue Plaque -- Notes -- Select Bibliography -- Acknowledgments -- Index.
"A narrative account of the author's bohemian aristocrat grandparents' unconventional relationship with her grandfather's gay lover examines the period taboos, family secrets and cultural dynamics that shaped their shared lives,"--Novelist