Grace by Michele Guinness
February 18th 2016 | Hodder & Stoughton | Hardbacks
Grace is the remarkable story of the young wife of Henry Grattan Guinness, one of the Victorian period's great evangelists. Preparing for her husband Peter’s retirement from his parish, Michele Guinness, author of The Guinness Legend, decided to clear out the attic. In doing so she discovered a trunk of letters, diaries, journals and notebooks, over one hundred years old, belonging to Grace Guinness, her husband’s grandmother.
In this meticulously researched book, Michele Guinness writes in the first-person and weaves together Grace Guinness’s reallife letters and diary entries into a fascinating narrative of her life.
Grace was famous for her unconventional marriage at 27 to the renowned 68-year-old speaker and evangelist, Henry Grattan Guinness. When Henry died less than a decade after they married, Grace was left with two young boys and no fortune. She lived in a time when a career post-marriage, was no longer viable, but ever-defiant of a society that frowned upon a well-bred
single mother going out to work, Grace became a businesswoman who ran her own hotel and was an early feminist who believed in birth control. In many ways she was ahead of her time.
Grace worked until she was in her seventies, read The Times every day, read at least one book a week and could comment eruditely on science, philosophy, theology, music and literature. She was a woman who wrote in a frank and sometimes risqué way about her life, love, hopes and fears, she rejoiced when women were given the vote and encouraged people to break the
taboos of their generation.
Grace is a fascinating cultural and historical look at the lives of one of history’s famous families, it is a unique and inspiring interpretation of this remarkable woman's life and times.
Michele Guinness is a well-known speaker and the bestselling author of The Guinness Spirit, Is God Good for Women?, Autumn Leave and, most recently, Archbishop. She worked for many years as a broadcast journalist, then in PR for the NHS, eventually heading up NHS communications for Cumbria and Lancashire. She is now retired with two children and three grandchildren, and divides her time between Kent and France with her husband, Canon Peter Guinness.