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Images and Shadows

Iris Origo

£12.99

Paperback

384 pp

Published 23/02/2017

9781782272663

The lucidly written memoir of Iris Origo, the writer of the bestselling War in Val d’Orcia

It has only been through my affections that I have been able to perceive, however imperfectly, some faint “intimations of immortality”

Images and Shadows is the story of those affections: for a loving, shy father, who died when his daughter was very young; for a vital, headstrong mother; for friends and family, alive and dead. And for the places Origo lived: Ireland, America, England; the childhood home in the hills above Florence; and her own beloved La Foce – the desolate, deforested estate which she and her Italian husband bought, and into which they poured the energy and patience of their best years.

Iris Origo (1902-1988) is best known as a biographer and war diarist. But in Images and Shadows she writes with characteristic grace, wit and humility, almost reluctantly, about herself. Reissued with newly discovered photographs, it is both a moving insight into a lost age, and an illumination of the life and loves of an endlessly curious and thoughtful woman.

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The lucidly written memoir of Iris Origo, the writer of the bestselling War in Val d’Orcia

It has only been through my affections that I have been able to perceive, however imperfectly, some faint “intimations of immortality”

Images and Shadows is the story of those affections: for a loving, shy father, who died when his daughter was very young; for a vital, headstrong mother; for friends and family, alive and dead. And for the places Origo lived: Ireland, America, England; the childhood home in the hills above Florence; and her own beloved La Foce – the desolate, deforested estate which she and her Italian husband bought, and into which they poured the energy and patience of their best years.

Iris Origo (1902-1988) is best known as a biographer and war diarist. But in Images and Shadows she writes with characteristic grace, wit and humility, almost reluctantly, about herself. Reissued with newly discovered photographs, it is both a moving insight into a lost age, and an illumination of the life and loves of an endlessly curious and thoughtful woman.

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