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From Central Perk to the Bloomsbury Group: in praise of the families we choose for ourselves

The phrase may be a cliche, but it's popular for a reason. You can’t choose your family, but you can create a substitute based on deep friendships

Charleston Farmhouse, the Bloomsbury group’s bucolic frolicking ground, has lately endured a transformation. Gone is the feeling of stopping by for a snoop while its inhabitants are out yomping on the Sussex Downs. The cottage and gardens are now ringed by gleaming exhibition spaces and a ginormous car park. Aged barns have been opened up and glassed in, the new loos are gender neutral, and the tea shop has been replaced by…

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