Lorna Sage was a professor of English at the University of East Anglia. Her previous books include Women in the House of Fiction, The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English, and a short monograph on Angela Carter. Lorna Sage died in Januray 2001
'Bad Blood is pretty much in a class of its own... It is a
measure of her achievement that she can turn the peculiarities of
her own past - and they are peculiar - into a narrative that speaks
for the whole of post-war Britian... This is not just an exquisite
personal memoir, it is a vital piece of our collective past.'
'A wonderful book. Women need this kind of book but perhaps men
need it more, to give the sort of understanding which we still lack
of how girls actually grow up.'
'[a] rich, justly acclaimed autobiography ... this almost perfect memoir is a tribute to imperfection' Independent
'an almost unbearably eloquent memoir ... 'Bad Blood' is also a tale of shared consciousness, and although the lives Sage describes clash with and limit her own, there is much that is redemptive here, and even elegiac' Frances Wilson, Guardian
'This could have been the saddest book you have ever read, but because of Lorna Sage's relish in the details, her exuberant celebration of the vitality of this clever, surviving girl, it is as enjoyable a book as I remember reading.' Doris Lessing