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Daughters Of The House

Michele Roberts

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Utterly beguiling' Joanna Trollope

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize

Secrets and lies linger in the very walls of the solid old Normandy house where Ther se and Leonie, French and English cousins, grow up after the war. Intrigued by adults' guilty silences and the broken shrine they find in the woods, the girls weave their own fantasies, unwittingly revealing the village's buried shame, a shame that will haunt them both for the rest of their lives.

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Praise for Daughters Of The House

  • Remarkable and beautifully written - INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

  • A brave and richly imagined novel, full of thrilling set pieces. The new prestige it seems likely to earn for one of our best writers is long overdue. - GUARDIAN

  • Subtle and persuasive - COSMOPOLITAN

  • An intense piece of writing, in which the transfigured mundane world of recipes, parental prohibitions and almost ritualised gossip is posed against official purity and religiosity, and shown to be superior. - TLS

  • Remarkable and beautifully written - INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

  • A brave and richly imagined novel, full of thrilling set pieces. The new prestige it seems likely to earn for one of our best writers is long overdue. - GUARDIAN

  • Subtle and persuasive - COSMOPOLITAN

  • An intense piece of writing, in which the transfigured mundane world of recipes, parental prohibitions and almost ritualised gossip is posed against official purity and religiosity, and shown to be superior. - TLS

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Michele Roberts

Half-English/half-French, Michele Roberts was born in 1949. DAUGHTERS OF THE HOUSE (1992) was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the W.H. Smith Literary Award. She has just been appointed Professor of Creative Writing at UEA.

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