How to Measure a Cow (Hardback)Margaret Forster (author)
Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 03/03/2016
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A virtuoso performance from an author at the top of her game, How to Measure a Cow showcases Forster’s talent for diamond sharp prose and pitch-perfect characterization. Forster weaves the themes of female friendship, the weight of personal history, secrets and betrayal into an absorbing narrative that depicts a woman’s inability to escape her past.
Tara Fraser leaves London to start a new life in a Cumbrian town selected at random. She plans to obliterate her past, which contains a shocking event that had serious consequences, by becoming a completely different personality from her previous volatile self. She is going to be quiet, even dull, and very private. But one of her new neighbours, Nancy, is intrigued by her. She wants to become her friend. Equally determined not to be discarded are three old friends who Tara feels let her down when she most needed them. Tara fights to keep herself to herself, but can she do it? And does she really want to? Slowly, reluctantly, she discovers the dangers of trying to suppress the past and reject other people. Synopsis: penguin.co.uk
"The work of a novelist in her prime… the narrative is taut and suspenseful, the characterisation complex and dynamic." - The Guardian
"Forster is a resolutely unflashy writer, interested in nuances of character and the fraught energies that run beneath interactions." - The Sunday Times
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 388 g
Dimensions: 215 x 142 x 24 mm
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