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The Vet’s Daughter
  • ISBN: 9781844088386
  • Pages: 176
  • Introduction: Jane Gardem
  • Publisher: Virago
  • Binding: Paperback

The Vet’s Daughter

Barbara Comyns
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The Vet’s Daughter by Barbara Comyns is a vivid, witty and touching story of love and mystery.

Growing up in Edwardian south London, Alice Rowlands longs for romance and excitement, for a release from a life that is dreary, restrictive and lonely. Her father, a vet, is harsh and domineering; his new girlfriend brash and lascivious. Alice seeks refuge in memories and fantasies, in her rapturous longing for Nicholas, a handsome young sailor, and in the blossoming of what she perceives as her occult powers.

A series of strange events unfolds that leads her, dressed in bridal white, to a scene of ecstatic triumph and disaster among the crowds on Clapham Common.

‘A small Gothic masterpiece . . . I have read it many times, and with every re-read I marvel again at its many qualities - its darkness, its strangeness, its humour, its sadness, its startling images and twists of phrase’ Sarah Waters



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