The youngest daughter of a Cornish vicar, Maria Legassick, tells of life with her brilliant, gifted brother Roger whom she loved too well; and her sisters, Louisa, whom she could never love but nonetheless admired, and Bella whom she despised. Living in a vicarage overlooking the sea in Cornwall, Maria is the observer who tells of the dour father writing ecclesiastical books which were never read; the passionate Louisa, impatient to break free and change the world; Roger aspiring to an academic career; indolent Bella, demanding little from life; and the outspoken, rustic sexton, Thomas May. The book comes full circle from the apparently unchanging world, moving into modern times, and ends with Maria where she began, with only her memories remaining.
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Howard Spring was born in Cardiff in 1889 into a large family. He left school at 12 after his father's death and continued his education at evening classes. At thirteen he got a job as a messenger on the Cardiff newspaper, The South Wales News, and became a reporter. At twenty-two, Spring went to the Yorkshire Observer in Bradford and later he joined the Manchester Guardian where he returned after the war. He came to love the city and many of his novels are set there. In 1931 Spring took the job of literary critic on the Evening Standard where he introduced the Standard's Book of the Month. He started writing his own novels in 1934. At the start of World War II he and his family moved to Cornwall, whereupon he became literary critic of Country Life. He continued to write after the war and died in 1965.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1967. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Includes dust jacket. Slight shelfwear to the dust jacket. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0006530048
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Book Description 1967-07., 1967. Book Condition: Fair. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Fairwater ed. Hardcover. Book: ACCEPTABLE. 510pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1539820
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