Grace: The Remarkable Life of Grace Grattan Guinness
: Preparing for her husband's retirement from his parish, Michele Guinness, author of The Guinness Legend , decided to clear out the attic and in doing so rediscovered a trunk of letters, diaries, journals and notebooks, over one hundred years...
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Preparing for her husband's retirement from his parish, Michele Guinness, author of The Guinness Legend, decided to clear out the attic and in doing so rediscovered a trunk of letters, diaries, journals and notebooks, over one hundred years old, belonging to Grace Guinness, Peter's grandmother.
Most famous for her unconventional marriage to renowned speaker and evangelist Henry Grattan Guinness, Grace's journals reveal an extraordinary woman who in many ways was before her time: a rebel against the constraints of her narrow religious upbringing, unconventional in her choice of husband, defiant of a society that frowned on a well-bred single mother going out to work, a businesswoman who ran her own hotel, and an early feminist who believed in birth control.
She worked until she was in her seventies, read The Times every day, got through at least one book a week and could comment eruditely on politics, science, philosophy, theology, music and literature... This was a woman who wrote in a frank and sometimes risqué way about her life, love, hopes and fears, and encouraged others to break some of the taboos of their generation.
In Grace, Michele Guinness weaves together the revealing contents of Grace's own words with her own to create a unique and inspiring interpretation of this remarkable woman's life and times.
Raised in a practising Jewish family and married to a Church of England vicar (who happens to be the great great grandson of Arthur Guinness the brewer) Michele Guinness was a broadcaster for many years with both the BBC and ITV. She retired from being Head of Communications for the NHS in Cumbria and Lancashire to concentrate on writing and speaking. As well as contributing regularly to magazines and newspapers such as Families First, she has written eleven best-selling books and is currently writing her first novel.