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Jeremy Hardy takes us on a comic journey through the world of genealogy, as he searches his own family ancestry

When Jeremy Hardy decided to explore his ancestry it was, in part, to get to the bottom of his grandmother Rebecca's dubious claims that the family descended from a certain 17th-century architect and that, more recently, Jeremy's great-grandfather was a Royal bodyguard. Other legends ranged from the great aunt who ran illegal hooch during Prohibition to the wronged Victorian servant girl who bore an illegitimate Hardy, not forgetting the family's rightful claim to a large country estate.

Wild stories aside, Jeremy sets out to such diverse locations as the Croydon one-way system and the hostile waters around Malta in order to find traces of recognisable family traits and a sense of how he came to be. With wry humour and a keen eye for the absurd and the frustrating, Jeremy takes us on a by turns funny and moving journey into the world of family ancestry.

My Family and Other Strangers will be enjoyed by anyone who has tried to decipher the 1901 census records, or simply wishes they too had asked their grandparents more about their lives.

Reviews

A great pleasure to read

Marcus Berkmann, Daily Mail

There is plenty that is interesting and touching and funny in this book

Guardian

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  • EBook

    9781407030999

    July 1, 2010

    Ebury Digital

    336 pages

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780091927509

    March 15, 2010

    Ebury Press

    336 pages

    RRP $38.99

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    9781846571817

    March 15, 2010

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