Author(s): Vita Sackville-West
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JOANNA LUMLEY. When the great statesman Lord Slane dies, everyone assumes his dutiful wife will slowly fade away, the paying guest of each of her six children. But Lady Slane surprises everyone by escaping to a rented house in Hampstead where she revels in her new freedom, revives youthful ambitions and gathers some very unsuitable companions. Irreverent, entertaining and insightful, this is a tale of the unexpected joys of growing older.
Life begins at 88: a widow escapes her overbearing family and discovers the unexpected freedoms of old age
"All Passion Spent tells the marvellously cheering story of how, in widowhood, a conventional woman is finally able to defy her family" Guardian "Sackville-West writes simply wonderfully and many passages make me laugh out loud" -- Joanna Lumley "Heartening" Observer "Inspiring... Old age can be celebrated, not feared" Sunday Telegraph "Every page of this novel is a pleasure to read" The Times
Victoria Mary Sackville-West, known as Vita, was born in 1892 at Knole in Kent, the only child of aristocratic parents. In 1913 she married diplomat Harold Nicolson, with whom she had two sons and travelled extensively before settling at Kent's Sissinghurst Castle in 1930, where she devoted much of her time to creating its now world famous garden. Throughout her life Sackville-West had a number of other relationships with both men and women, and her unconventional marriage would later become the subject of a biography written by her son Nigel Nicolson. Though she produced a substantial body of work, amongst which are writings on travel and gardening, Sackville-West is best known for her novels The Edwardians (1930) and All Passion Spent (1931), and for the pastoral poem The Land (1926), which was awarded the prestigious Hawthornden Prize. Sackville-West died on 2 June 1962 at her Sissinghurst home, aged 70.