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Inter Diana Holman Hunt's late flowering gifts as a writer owed nothing to formal education From the ages of eight to 14 she was sent to an inferior boarding school in Eastbourne and continued her studies in Florence Germany and at art school in Paris Grand was killed by an omnibus in 1931 unexpectedly leaving nothing in her will to Diana Her first book‘My Grandmothers and I” became a best seller the year after her second husband’s death from cancer in 1959 She was working on her autobiography when she died on 10th August 19. My Grandmother and I is a charming memoir of Diana Holman Hunt's childhood and her relationship with two radically different grandmothers Before starting it I was sure I would be madly in love with Grand the wild and eccentric artist's widow draped in jewels of the Orient while she luxuriated in her wealth of oil paintings; however I ended up preferring the very proper Grandmother Freeman who although spoilt and domineering seemed to at least provide for Diana's well being The author wrote that she tried to depict her grandparents as they appeared to her as a child and I absolutely agree that she brilliantly and hilariously succeeded This memoir at its core is a sad story though its vivid dialogue creates a romantic haze of humour It gives us a glimpse of a cunning canny child hungry for the security of love and a sense of belonging There are tender moments; when Grand gives up her bed for Diana after an icy letter from Grandmother a hump in a girl is most unfortunate but also cruel moments such as the drowning of kittens during which Diana's distress was carelessly ignored Not withstanding the failings of both grandmothers I was still disturbed by Diana's lack of emotion relating to Grandmother's death and Grand's omnibus accident even for a self absorbed fifteen year old it touched a nerve and I came away feeling it was all merely simple affection borne out of duty On a frivolous note the book I have from Slightly Foxed Paperbacks a gift from bestie Jia yi who always sources the best is a delightful purple and cream edition which bumps this up from 25 to 3 stars Deathgame (Hardy Boys: Casefiles, year after her second husband’s death from cancer in 1959 She was working on her autobiography when she died on 10th August 19. My Grandmother and I is a charming memoir of Diana Holman Hunt's childhood and her relationship with two radically different grandmothers Before starting it I was sure I would be madly in love with Grand the wild and eccentric artist's widow draped in jewels of the Orient while she luxuriated in her wealth of oil paintings; however I ended up preferring the very proper Grandmother Freeman who although spoilt and domineering seemed to at least provide for Diana's well being The author wrote that she tried to depict her grandparents as they appeared to her as a child and I absolutely agree that she brilliantly and hilariously succeeded This memoir at its core is a sad story though its vivid dialogue creates a romantic haze of humour It gives us a glimpse of a cunning canny child hungry for the security of love and a sense of belonging There are tender moments; when Grand gives up her bed for Diana after an icy letter from Grandmother a hump in a girl is most unfortunate but also cruel moments such as the drowning of kittens during which Diana's distress was carelessly ignored Not withstanding the failings of both grandmothers I was still disturbed by Diana's lack of emotion relating to Grandmother's death and Grand's omnibus accident even for a self absorbed fifteen Informal Work Talks and Teachings year old it touched a nerve and I came away feeling it was all merely simple affection borne out of duty On a frivolous note the book I have from Slightly Foxed Paperbacks a gift from bestie Jia Understanding Soccer Tactics yi who always sources the best is a delightful purple and cream edition which bumps this up from 25 to 3 stars

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PRE ISBNText below extracted and largely copied from accessed 21 April 2011BORN 25 October 1913 in the bed in which the Pre Raphaelite painter William Holman Hunt had died three years before the writer Diana Holman Hunt was to inherit her grandfather's exceptional memory and gifts as a raconteur These were cultivated by an extraordinary upbringing which Holman Hunt brilliantly described in her first book My Grandmothers and I 1960An unwanted only child whose father Hilary was employed in the Public Works Department in Burma Holman. It takes enormous wit to create a comic masterpiece from a train wreck of a childhood but Diana Holman Hunt accomplishes just this Abandoned by her widowed father to shuttle between her two diametrically opposed grandmothers she grew up in alternating luxury Grandmother Freeman and Miss Havisham like ruins Grandmother Edith the painter William Holman Hunt's widow Both loved her competed over her but neither one had a clue about a child's needs caught up as they were in their own selfish bubbles Their granddaughter describes them with acute humor and affection If you enjoyed Love in a Cold Climate this will amuse you Quantum Physics and the Multiplicity of Mind years before the writer Diana Holman Hunt was to inherit her grandfather's exceptional memory and gifts as a raconteur These were cultivated by an extraordinary upbringing which Holman Hunt brilliantly described in her first book My Grandmothers and I 1960An unwanted only child whose father Hilary was employed in the Public Works Department in Burma Holman. It takes enormous wit to create a comic masterpiece from a train wreck of a childhood but Diana Holman Hunt accomplishes just this Abandoned by her widowed father to shuttle between her two diametrically opposed grandmothers she grew up in alternating luxury Grandmother Freeman and Miss Havisham like ruins Grandmother Edith the painter William Holman Hunt's widow Both loved her competed over her but neither one had a clue about a child's needs caught up as they were in their own selfish bubbles Their granddaughter describes them with acute humor and affection If Deathgame (Hardy Boys: Casefiles, you enjoyed Love in a Cold Climate this will amuse Informal Work Talks and Teachings you

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Hunt was shunted between her wealthy Freeman grandparents in Sussex and a life of privation with the eccentric Edith Holman Hunt 'Grand' in Kensington Brave and resourceful she soon learnt that adult affection was conditional in the country on her ability to entertain she was constantly exhorted to 'utter' and in Melbury Road Kensington to take in and cherish anecdotes relating to the Victorian art world and her grandfather in particular Holman Hunt fulfilled both roles but ultimately tired of Grand's canonisation of the great pa. Diana Holman Hunt’s childhood was spent between two vastly different households Her maternal grandparents lived on a large country estate where she was expected to do chores and read to her blind grandfather Visitors provided diversion as in a Jane Austen novel She had a fond relationship with her grandmother’s maid Fowler and made friends with a local fisherman who lived in a hut on the beachThen for a while she’d go to stay with her father’s mother in London That grandmother was the widow of Pre Raphaelite painter William Holman Hunt Eccentric isn’t uite the word to describe her She lived with a servant in a house crowded with priceless artwork surrounded by props from her late husband’s paintings and a lot of hoarded junk She was scornful about bodily comforts like fresh food and comfortable beds Her aim in life was to keep William’s memory alive and she took Diana to the Tate to see his paintings commenting on other painter’s works “Turner that nasty little man” She uizzed Diana on her knowledge of all Holman Hunt family stories like the time William boiled a horse’s bones in the yard so he could be sure of their anatomyMuch of Diana’s childhood sounds pretty awful Her father was off in Burma and wasn’t much of a dad when he returned; we never find out what happened to her mother nor if Diana thinks of her But she writes from a child’s point of view accepting whatever the adults dish out and finding amusement in odd ways so it doesn’t feel sad It’s very entertaining and funnyApparently this book was a best seller in England I enjoyed it so much I bought the biography she wrote of her grandfather and his wives and lovers from 1969 The grandmother of this book was his second wife his deceased wife’s sister and their marriage was illegal at the time The Harpist of Madrid yard so he could be sure of their anatomyMuch of Diana’s childhood sounds pretty awful Her father was off in Burma and wasn’t much of a dad when he returned; we never find out what happened to her mother nor if Diana thinks of her But she writes from a child’s point of view accepting whatever the adults dish out and finding amusement in odd ways so it doesn’t feel sad It’s very entertaining and funnyApparently this book was a best seller in England I enjoyed it so much I bought the biography she wrote of her grandfather and his wives and lovers from 1969 The grandmother of this book was his second wife his deceased wife’s sister and their marriage was illegal at the time