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'Grimly funny and superbly written, with a twist on every page' - Hilary Mantel

'Delightfully compulsive and unforgettably original' - Hadley Freeman

'Wonderful, funny and wise' - Kate Summerscale

Shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize 2021
Sunday TimesTLSSpectator and New Statesman Book of the Year

Aunt Munca never told the truth about anything. Calling herself after the mouse in a Beatrix Potter story, she was already a figure of mystery during the childhood of her nephew Ferdinand Mount. Half a century later, a series of startling revelations sets him off on a tortuous quest to find out who this extraordinary millionairess really was. What he discovers is shocking and irretrievably sad, involving multiple deceptions, false identities and abandonments. The story leads us from the back streets of Sheffield at the end of the Victorian age to the highest echelons of English society between the wars.

An unconventional tale of British social history told backwards, now published with new material discovered by the author about his eccentric aunt, Kiss Myself Goodbye is both an enchanting personal memoir and a voyage into a vanished moral world

 

Review

Aunt Munca flees the streets of Sheffield for a suite at Claridges, getting younger by the year and leaving behind her a trail of brazen lies and shattered pieties. In his family memoir, Ferdinand Mount pursues her with wit and skill through a career in which crime pays, marriage is for a week, and children are lost like old gloves. Kiss Myself Goodbye is grimly funny and superbly written, with a twist on every page. ― Hilary Mantel, author of the Wolf Hall Trilogy

Delightfully compulsive and unforgettably original. Mount unpeels the layers of this mysterious life with the tenacity of an experienced detective and the excitement of a fresh-eyed enthusiast. ― Hadley Freeman, author of House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish Family

Extraordinary . shed[s] a brilliant light on the strangeness of people's lives, the need for disguise and masquerade, the shame that drives people to act in the most peculiar ways, the ghosts that reside, unburied, within us. ― Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

Wonderful, funny and wise ― Kate Summerscale, author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

Delicious . As well as an ear for the cadences of a sentence, Mount has a remarkable ability to convey the feeling of place . Beneath the surface of this sparklingly wry book you sense all kinds of unexplored feelings of abandonment and loss. ― The Oldie

Mount is one of our finest prose stylists and Kiss Myself Goodbye is a witty, moving and beautifully crafted account of one woman's determination to live to the full. ― Daily Telegraph

An extraordinary book ― Tatler

Unique and immensely enjoyable. I only wish it were longer. ― Spectator

Kiss Myself Goodbye is a work of beauty. The simple truthfulness of Ferdinand Mount's storytelling is irresistible. ― Literary Review

Book Description

From the bestselling author of the memoir Cold Cream comes the affectionate, bizarre, tragi-comical tale of Aunt Munca

About the Author

Ferdinand Mount was born in 1939, the son of a steeplechase jockey, and brought up on Salisbury Plain. After being educated at Eton and Oxford, he made various false starts as a children's nanny, a gossip columnist, bagman to Selwyn Lloyd, and leader-writer on the doomed Daily Sketch. He later surfaced, slightly to his surprise and everyone else's, as head of Margaret Thatcher's Policy Unit and later editor of the Times Literary Supplement. He is married with three children and two grandchildren and has lived in Islington for half his life. Apart from political columns and essays, he has written a six-volume series of novels, A Chronicle of Modern Twilight, which began with The Man Who Rode Ampersand, based on his father's racing life, and included Of Love And Asthma (he is a temporarily retired asthmatic), which won the Hawthornden Prize for 1992. He also writes what he calls Tales of History and Imagination, including Umbrella, which the historian Niall Ferguson called 'quite simply the best historical novel in years'.
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  • ISBN: 9781472991980
  • Author: Ferdinand Mount
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum
  • Pages: 304
  • Format: Paperback

Book Description

'Grimly funny and superbly written, with a twist on every page' - Hilary Mantel

'Delightfully compulsive and unforgettably original' - Hadley Freeman

'Wonderful, funny and wise' - Kate Summerscale

Shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize 2021
Sunday TimesTLSSpectator and New Statesman Book of the Year

Aunt Munca never told the truth about anything. Calling herself after the mouse in a Beatrix Potter story, she was already a figure of mystery during the childhood of her nephew Ferdinand Mount. Half a century later, a series of startling revelations sets him off on a tortuous quest to find out who this extraordinary millionairess really was. What he discovers is shocking and irretrievably sad, involving multiple deceptions, false identities and abandonments. The story leads us from the back streets of Sheffield at the end of the Victorian age to the highest echelons of English society between the wars.

An unconventional tale of British social history told backwards, now published with new material discovered by the author about his eccentric aunt, Kiss Myself Goodbye is both an enchanting personal memoir and a voyage into a vanished moral world

 

Review

Aunt Munca flees the streets of Sheffield for a suite at Claridges, getting younger by the year and leaving behind her a trail of brazen lies and shattered pieties. In his family memoir, Ferdinand Mount pursues her with wit and skill through a career in which crime pays, marriage is for a week, and children are lost like old gloves. Kiss Myself Goodbye is grimly funny and superbly written, with a twist on every page. ― Hilary Mantel, author of the Wolf Hall Trilogy

Delightfully compulsive and unforgettably original. Mount unpeels the layers of this mysterious life with the tenacity of an experienced detective and the excitement of a fresh-eyed enthusiast. ― Hadley Freeman, author of House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish Family

Extraordinary . shed[s] a brilliant light on the strangeness of people's lives, the need for disguise and masquerade, the shame that drives people to act in the most peculiar ways, the ghosts that reside, unburied, within us. ― Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

Wonderful, funny and wise ― Kate Summerscale, author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

Delicious . As well as an ear for the cadences of a sentence, Mount has a remarkable ability to convey the feeling of place . Beneath the surface of this sparklingly wry book you sense all kinds of unexplored feelings of abandonment and loss. ― The Oldie

Mount is one of our finest prose stylists and Kiss Myself Goodbye is a witty, moving and beautifully crafted account of one woman's determination to live to the full. ― Daily Telegraph

An extraordinary book ― Tatler

Unique and immensely enjoyable. I only wish it were longer. ― Spectator

Kiss Myself Goodbye is a work of beauty. The simple truthfulness of Ferdinand Mount's storytelling is irresistible. ― Literary Review

Book Description

From the bestselling author of the memoir Cold Cream comes the affectionate, bizarre, tragi-comical tale of Aunt Munca

About the Author

Ferdinand Mount was born in 1939, the son of a steeplechase jockey, and brought up on Salisbury Plain. After being educated at Eton and Oxford, he made various false starts as a children's nanny, a gossip columnist, bagman to Selwyn Lloyd, and leader-writer on the doomed Daily Sketch. He later surfaced, slightly to his surprise and everyone else's, as head of Margaret Thatcher's Policy Unit and later editor of the Times Literary Supplement. He is married with three children and two grandchildren and has lived in Islington for half his life. Apart from political columns and essays, he has written a six-volume series of novels, A Chronicle of Modern Twilight, which began with The Man Who Rode Ampersand, based on his father's racing life, and included Of Love And Asthma (he is a temporarily retired asthmatic), which won the Hawthornden Prize for 1992. He also writes what he calls Tales of History and Imagination, including Umbrella, which the historian Niall Ferguson called 'quite simply the best historical novel in years'.

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