The Clothes On Their Backs (Paperback)
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The Clothes On Their Backs (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 02/04/2009
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE

In a red brick mansion block off the Marylebone Road, Vivien, a sensitive, bookish girl grows up sealed off from both past and present by her timid refugee parents. Then one morning a glamorous uncle appears, dressed in a mohair suit, with a diamond watch on his wrist and a girl in a leopard-skin hat on his arm. Why is Uncle Sandor so violently unwelcome in her parents' home?

This is a novel about survival - both banal and heroic - and a young woman who discovers the complications, even betrayals, that inevitably accompany the fierce desire to live.

Set against the backdrop of a London from the 1950s to the present day, The Clothes on Their Backs is a wise and tender novel about the clothes we choose to wear, the personalities we dress ourselves in, and about how they define us all.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781844085422
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
** 'If you read only one novel this year, make sure it is The Clothes on Their Backs * SUNDAY EXPRESS *
** 'A beautifully written and truly moving book about the experience of growing up in Britain as a second generation immigrant * EXPRESS *
** 'It's a sublimely atmospheric and moving novel * LONDON PAPER *
** 'This is a vivid, enjoyable and consistently unexpected novel * THE DAILY TELEGRAPH *

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“The Clothes on Their Backs”

Although I quite like this story, it seems to take a long to for anything to actually happen and I was never quite sure where it was going. After the death of her widowed father, Vivien Kovacs has been clearing his... More

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“Took a while to grip me.”

This book takes perserverance. For a book this length, that's not a good sign.

This story is almost written back to front, which is fine if there seems to be a valid explanation for it. However, I could see... More

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“The Clothes on Their Backs”

Captivating. Tender. Honest. One of the best novels I have read in a long time. The narrator, Vivien, has a very strong believable voice with a compelling confessional tone which felt intimate. The feeling that... More

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