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Sisters by a River [Paperback]

Barbara Comyns

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Dec 27 1987 VMC (Book 314)

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'An offbeat humour' -- GRAHAM GREENE

'Beautiful and haunting' -- IRISH TIMES

'The characters seem to exist in a perpetual Mad Hatter's teaparty' -- KATE SAUNDERS

About the Author

Barbara Comyns was born in Warwickshire in 1909. She worked in advertising, dealt in old cars and antiques, bred poodles, and developed property. She and her second husband lived in Spain for eighteen years. Comyns died in 1992.

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4.0 out of 5 stars 'humor and horror juxtaposed' Dec 19 2011
By sally tarbox - Published on
Lovely book that can only be described as the literary equivalent of naive art! Comyns recounts episodes from her childhood, brought up in a genteel if debt-laden family. It put me in mind of Nancy Mitford's account of her own family. Irascible Daddy, vague, deaf Mammy and six children who for want of outside company spend much time together.
Comyns writes in a unique childlike style with eccentric spelling and an antipathy for semicolons, so that phrases run into each other.
Mammy had always looked and been rather vague, she had a kind of gypsoflia mind, all little bits and pieces held together by whisps' (sic)

Far from being a sentimental account, Comyns recalls the horrific alongside the magical- villagers are drowned in the flood, Daddy has violent tempers, animals get ill-treated- yet with a childlike acceptance.
I LOVE Comyns' work!
5.0 out of 5 stars Original dark and funny June 3 2014
By Sally Cruikshank - Published on
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I love all Barbara Comyns' novels and was delighted to find this one was back in print because I'd never read it before. She's a very original writer, funny and scary descriptions of family life in a 16th century house by a river.

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