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Frances Partridge by Anne Chisholm
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Dec 17, 2010

Read in December, 2010

The life of the last surviving member of the Bloomsbury group. Not that Frances was fully Bloomsbury she worked on the fringes. But the group and its ethos-about which Chisholm writes clearly and competently- certainly made its mark on her; the love of friends over family, the importance of penetrating and thoughtful talk and always choosing love over duty, were all things FP lived by. She was a solid character. She showed it in her steadfastness to husband Ralph despite his numerous affairs (all mention of which is excised from FP's diaries) and the pacificism right through WWII which however you feel about it took guts. FP's diaries are still some of the best I've read and they make up a major share of Chisholm's material but the author has handled her subject's nearly 104 years with love and respect. She deserved no less.

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