"Among Ruins" is the story of Laura, born to a wealthy family and enjoying the lifestyle of the landed gentry - until her father gambles away their vast, legendary Northumberland estate one evening on a billiard table. Laura and her family move away, but she remains haunted by an abusive incident she suffered on the grounds as a child. She moves to London as a teenager and embarks on an affair with a much older, well-known artist. But as his infatuation grows, Laura's lessens, and she finds herself becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol and eventually heroin...with dramatic consequences. Much more than a coming-of-age story, "Among Ruins" explores Laura's attempt to find significance and esteem as her father succeeds in losing his own. It is a compelling exploration of what happens when life unexpectedly starts to spiral out of control, and Harriett Vyner explores both of their turbulent experiences with extraordinary honesty, elegance and wit.
Harriet Vyner is the author of Groovy Bob, a biography of the sixties art dealer, Robert Fraser.
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