A Family History of Smoking is a compelling memoir about two European families living through the last gasps of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. From great-grandfather David, who saw his family's fortunes decline with the gradual rise of anti-Semitism, to the ultra-modern, glamorous mother who held her family together through World War II, Andrew Riemer paints a beautiful portrait of a now vanished world that literally went up in smoke. Set against the backdrop of the tumult of early twentieth-century Europe, A Family History of Smoking is full of eccentric characters, literary anecdotes and historical drama, and is a moving tribute to a family, its strength and its stories.
Andrew Riemer is a bestselling author and the Chief Book Reviewer of The Sydney Morning Herald. He is the winner of several literary awards including the Geraldine Pascall Award for Critical Writing in 1999. His books include Inside Outside, Sandstone Gothic and Hughes.
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