Slipstream: A Memoir

The only great thing about this book was seeing how much she pillaged from her own life in order to write the Cazalet Chronicles. I didn’t realize that she spent 18 years with Kingsley Amis, ending in a rather nasty divorce. But just like the Chronicles, she ditches her young baby and first husband, leaving a non-existent bond with her daughter Nicola. When Nicola gets married later, she relies more on her stepmother, and Howard attends the ceremony alone. “I remember little about it, as it was one of those occasions occluded by sadness for me.” She struggled to make ends meet and found time to write when possible. “I was lazy, and where writing was concerned this was inexcusable. “