Grandmothers (Hardback)Salley Vickers (author)
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A tender and delicate novel rich in empathy and understanding, Grandmothers intertwines the stories of a trio of finely drawn pensioners to create a rounded picture of cross-generational bonds and relationships. Written with Vickers’ customary generosity of spirit and nuanced compassion, this is a beautiful elegy for the complexities of old age.
A BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime
Grandmothers is the story of three very different women and their relationship with the younger generation: fiercely independent Nan, who leads a secret life as an award-winning poet when she is not teaching her grandson Billy how to lie; glamorous Blanche, deprived of the company of her beloved granddaughter Kitty by her hostile daughter-in-law, who finds solace in rebelliously taking to drink and shop lifting; and shy, bookish Minna who in the safety of shepherd's hut shares with her surrogate granddaughter Rose her passion for reading. The outlook of all three women subtly alters when through their encounters with each other they discover that the past is always with us and that we go on learning and changing until the very end.
Grandmothers is a beautifully observed, sometimes subversive, often tender and elegiac novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Librarian.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 26 mm
'No one can dig down into the shrouded recesses of the human heart quite as forensically as Vickers.' - Sunday Times
'Vickers writes of relationships with undaunted clarity.' - Adam Phillips
'The Librarian will wring the heart of anyone who fell in love with books as a child. It is a hymn to the power of literature...delightful.' - The Times on The Librarian
'A nostalgic treat...involving and hopeful.' - Mail on Sunday on 'The Librarian'
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