The Vet's Daughter: A Virago Modern Classic

The Vet's Daughter: A Virago Modern Classic

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By (author) Barbara Comyns, Introduction by Jane Gardam

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  • Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 198mm x 12mm | 146g
  • Publication date: 4 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844088383
  • ISBN 13: 9781844088386
  • Sales rank: 131,410

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Growing up in Edwardian south London, Alice Rowlands longs for romance and excitement, for a release from a life that is dreary, restrictive and lonely. Her father, a vet, is harsh and domineering; his new girlfriend brash and lascivious. Alice seeks refuge in memories and fantasies, in her rapturous longing for Nicholas, a handsome young sailor, and in the blossoming of what she perceives as her occult powers. A series of strange events unfolds that leads her, dressed in bridal white, to a scene of ecstatic triumph and disaster among the crowds on Clapham Common. The Vet's Daughter is a uniquely vivid, witty and touching story of love and mystery.

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Barbara Comyns (1909-92) was born in Bidford-on-Avon in Warwickshire. She was an artist and writer, worked in advertising, dealt in old cars and antiques, bred poodles and developed property. She was twice married, and she and her second husband lived in Spain for eighteen years, returning to the UK in the early 1970s. She is the author of eleven books, including Sisters by a River (1947), Our Spoons Came from Woolworths (1950), The Vet's Daughter (1959), The Skin Chairs (1962) and A Touch of Mistletoe (1967). She died in Shropshire in 1992

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A small Gothic masterpiece. -- Sarah Waters A wonderful and original novel. -- Alan Hollinghurst