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Writing with an exuberant love of language and detail, Anjelica Huston shares her enchanted childhood in Ireland, her teen years in London, and her coming-of-age as a model and nascent actress in New York.

Living with her glamorous and artistic mother, educated by tutors and nuns, intrepid on a horse, Huston was raised on an Irish estate to which—between movies—her father brought his array of extraordinary friends, from Carson McCullers and John Steinbeck to Peter O’Toole and Marlon Brando. Every morning, Anjelica and her brother visited their father while he took his breakfast in bed. “What news?” he’d ask. “I’d seen him the night before,” Anjelica recalls. “There wasn’t much to report.” So she became a storyteller.

In London, where she lives with her mother and brother in the early 1960s when her parents separate, Huston encounters the Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac. She understudies Marianne Faithfull in Hamlet. Seventeen, striking, precocious, but still young and vulnerable, she is devastated when her mother dies in a car crash.

Months later she moves to New York, falls in love with the much older, brilliant but disturbed photographer Bob Richardson, and becomes a model. Living in the Chelsea Hotel, working with Richard Avedon and other photographers, she navigates a volatile relationship and the dynamic cultural epicenter of New York in the 1970s.

A Story Lately Told ends as Huston launches her Hollywood life. The second part of her story—Watch Me—opens in Los Angeles in 1973 and will be published in 2014. Beguiling and beautifully written, Huston’s memoir is a treasure.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lucid, loving, all a memoir should be.”

    Joan Didion, National Book Award–winning author

  • A Story Lately Told is filled with glitter, glamour, and excitement, but it is underpinned by loss, solitude, and estrangement, and the need to tell the truth, which makes the book memorable and affecting. Anjelica Huston’s account of growing up in Ireland is fascinating and masterly, as is her version of life in London and New York in the 1960s.”

    Colm Tóibín, New York Times bestselling author

  • A Story Lately Told is written with the magic of the Irish and a touch of the family genius. From her vivid descriptions of growing up in the horse country of County Galway, Ireland, to her glimpses of rough glamour in the Chelsea Hotel, Anjelica’s writing shines with her particular mix of intelligence, beauty, wit, and courage. Her book is gorgeous.”

    Mike Nichols, Academy Award-winning director

  • “Evocative.”

    People

  • “[Huston’s] lovely, novelistic writing carries the book.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “An elegant, funny, and frequently haunting reminiscence of the first two decades of her life…A classic.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Out of this elegy for a vanished world, the memoir becomes a seductive social history of the 1960s—and the story of her fractious separation from an indomitable father and grief for the loss of the mother who was the ballast of her life…Her portrait of [New York’s] centers of hipness…is crystalline…Though her life did not hold the challenges familiar to the ninety-nine percent, it took strength to stay sensible amide temptations that felled others…This book—not profound but quite delicious—shows how those qualities grew in both hospital and inhospitable soil.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Compelling, thoughtful, starry reading…What’s particularly enjoyable about her story is the rhapsodic way that she beautifully describes that bygone world.”

    Guardian (UK)

  • “[A Story Lately Told] is peopled by names like Carson McCullers, John Steinbeck, Peter O’Toole, Marlon Brando, Monty Clift, and the succession of gorgeous, interesting women who made up her father’s peripatetic life. Anjelica can really write. The prologue alone to her memoir is worthy.”

    Huffington Post

  • “[A Story Lately Told] contains a plethora of compelling tales.”

    New York magazine

  • “Intriguing…Huston offers a fascinating account of her charmed childhood (peppered with celebrities coming to dinner) and her rebellious stage.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • A 2013 New York Times Editor’s Choice
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