By (author) Margaret Forster
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Precious Lives by Margaret Forster
Book DescriptionA brilliant follow-up to Hidden Lives, Margaret Forster's most personal book yet takes up the story of her gritty, northern father, Arthur, intertwined with that of her sister-in-law, Marion, who died of cancer at almost half the age of the 96 year-old Arthur. Margaret Forster's father was not a man to answer questions - least of all questions about life and death, so she attempts to answer them for herself. As Forster looks back at Arthur's life and indomitable character, she evokes incidents from her childhood, his working life and stubborn old age, trying to make sense of their largely unspoken relationship, and of his tenacious hold on life, and on his family. Arthur and Marion's lives were ordinary, and apparently unremarkable, but, when faced with death, lives like these become strangely precious.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099275749
(198mm x 129mm x 16mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Margaret Forster
How to Measure a Cow, Paperback (February 2017)
Tara Fraser has a secret. Desperate to escape herself and her past, she changes her name, packs up her London home and moves to a town in the North of England where she knows no one. But one of her new neighbours, Nancy, is intrigued by her. And as hard as Tara tries to distance herself, she starts to drop her guard. Then a letter arrives...
My Life in Houses, Paperback (February 2016)
Takes you on a journey through the houses the author has lived in, from the sparkling new council house, to her beloved London home of today. This book is about what houses are to us, the effect they have on the way we live our lives and the changing nature of our homes. Finally, it is a gently insistent, personal inquiry into the meaning of home.
Unknown Bridesmaid, Paperback (February 2014)
Only one person knows what happened that day... Julia was the only person who knew what happened that day. But she didn't tell the police. And then it was too late. Now, years later, her secret looms large. Is it really too late? And if she does tell, can she bear the consequences?
Shadow Baby, Paperback (January 2012)» View all books by Margaret Forster
Born in Carlisle in 1887, brought up in a children's home and by reluctant relatives, Evie, with her wild hair and unassuming ways, seems a quiet, undemanding child. Shona, born almost seventy years later, is headstrong and striking. But there are, as she discovers, unanswered questions about her past. The two girls have only one thing in common.
UK Kirkus Review » The acclaimed novelist and biographer has written, extremely candidly, about the death of her father from old age and the death of her sister-in-law of cancer. This doesn't really follow on from her brilliant Hidden Lives (the story of her mother and grandmother) but is more closely related to the fictionalization of her mother-in-law's old age which we read about in Have the Men Had Enough? It is not a happy book, but an examination of her feelings about the dying of these two people, for one of whom she felt an overwhelming sense of duty but never really loved, and the other of whom she loved desperately and hoped to make her passing easier. While not light reading, it is brilliantly written and compulsively readable. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Margaret Forster
Margaret Forster is the author of many successful and acclaimed novels, including Have the Men Had Enough?, Lady's Maid, Diary of an Ordinary Woman, Is There Anything You Want?, Over and Isa and May, as well as bestselling memoirs (Hidden Lives and Precious Lives) and biographies. Her next book, The Unknown Bridesmaid will be published in 2013. She is married to writer and journalist Hunter Davies and lives in London and the Lake District.
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