Deceived With Kindness: A Bloomsbury Childhood by Angelica Garnett

By Angelica Garnett

Publish yr note: First released in 1984
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Angelica Garnett may well really be referred to as a toddler of Bloomsbury. Her Aunt used to be Virginia Woolf, her mom Vanessa Bell, and her father Duncan furnish, notwithstanding for a few years Angelica believed herself, clearly adequate, the daughter of Vanessa's husband Clive.

Her early life houses, Charleston in Sussex and Gordon sq. in London, have been either centres of Bloomsbury job, and he or she grew up surrounded by means of the main talked-about writers and artists of the day - Leonard and Virginia Woolf, Roger Fry, the Stracheys, Maynard Keynes, David Garnett (whom she later married), and so forth.

But Deceived with Kindness can be a checklist of a tender girl's specific fight to accomplish independence from that striking and severe milieu as a mature and self sufficient lady. With an honesty that's by way of levels agonising and uplifting, the writer creates a colourful, poignant photo of her mom, Vanessa Bell, of her personal emergent individuality, and of the Bloomsbury era.

Literary Awards
J.R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiography (1985)

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After about an hour, Bernie said, ‘Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to take a break now. ’ What? It turned out that the regulars were in the habit of buying drinks for the band and leaving them on the piano top – so within sixty minutes I had four pints to get through. By the time I drank them, they’d been replaced by three more and a couple of Scotches. I started drinking the spirits after that, because the sheer volume of the beer was killing me. At the end of the night I got on my bicycle to ride home.

It was proper money, £3 a night – bear in mind that when you are at school and the average pocket money is half a crown, £3 is serious dosh. And this outfit worked three nights a week, mainly over the weekend. It was an unusual line-up – guitar, drums, piano and clarinet – but people didn’t mind in those days. This latest band was called the Concorde Quartet and the first problem was that, until I joined, it was a trio. It was run by a guy called Bernie Vick, a drummer in his early twenties who lived with his mum and dad in South Harrow.

Mervyn Conn. I never got paid. I took a view on it: I was young, inexperienced and here was a chance to play sessions for the BBC with some of the world’s top players. The £12 would have been wonderful but I still thought I was doing well. Years later, I bumped into James and we were laughing about Mervyn and the non-needle-time days. These revered veterans had a genuine affection for those days and felt privileged to have learned so much from them. ’ ‘You know what, Rick? ’ How did a sixteen-year-old come to be playing in a pub with some of the country’s best musicians, you ask?

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