I Know Youre Going to Be Happy by Rupert Christiansen

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The surviving pictures tell – and fail to tell – the story. This compulsive read of a book does similarly. What makes it fascinating is witnessing Christiansen's attempt to establish a relationship with his father, for the first time, in these pages.
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They married at St Mary Abbots, Kensington, in September 1948, the groom, the ambitious son of the editor of the Express; the bride, the beautiful, somewhat rebellious daughter of blamelessly upstanding family of the provincial middle-middle class. A young man who was pushed forward by family expectation, a young woman pulled back...In this poignant and perceptive portrait of his parents' catastrophically acrimonious divorce, Rupert Christiansen tells the story of a generation. With the narrative power of the likes of The Ice Storm and Revolutionary Road, he chronicles the experience not just of one particular class, but of an era, when the loosening of the stays on middle-class marriage precipitated a rollercoaster decade of heartbreak and loss.
 

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Published March 7, 2013 by Short Books Ltd. 175 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships, History, Travel.
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Reviewed by Kate Kellaway on Mar 10 2013

The surviving pictures tell – and fail to tell – the story. This compulsive read of a book does similarly. What makes it fascinating is witnessing Christiansen's attempt to establish a relationship with his father, for the first time, in these pages.

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