Vanessa Nicolson

Vanessa Nicolson is the granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. Her last memoir, Have You Been Good? was published by Granta in 2015. She grew up in London and Florence and has worked as an art historian and journalist. She is married to the writer Andrew Davidson and lives in Sissinghurst, Kent.

Her latest book, The Truth Game, is told as a series of fourteen lucid vignettes in an original and innovative way. It is both a haunting exploration of love, loss and grief and a portrait of the discontent at the heart of one of Britain’s most eminent families.

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