17 Oct 2009 – Amazon

This book is so hard to find in Virago, the edition in which I originally read it, so when I found out from the Virago Group on LibraryThing that Bloomsbury were re-issuing it, I ordered that copy. Absolutely beautiful little book, as a first comment.

I loved this. It was literally delightful.  Although I’m sure I’ve read it before, I didn’t remember much of it.  In tone, style and content, it reminded me very much of Barbara Comyns – the same delightfully dotty family full of filial loyalty but what could look like barking madness from the outside.  Nothing much really happens in this theatrical family, but the book is just a complete joy to read, even if reality and fiction within the fiction do tend to blend a little at times.