Sisters by a River.

Comyns, Barbara.

Picture of Sisters by a River.
A vivid autobiographical novel first published in 1947 about 'five sisters struggling to bring themselves up…as they dodge the fallout created by their ill-matched and violent parents.' It is a daring and witty novel, which tells the bittersweet story of her childhood.


SKU: 9781844088379


On the banks of the River Avon, five sisters are born. The seasons come and go, the girls take their lessons under the ash tree, and always there is the sound of water swirling through the weir. Then, unexpectedly, an air of decay descends upon the house: ivy grows unchecked over the windows, angry shouts split the summer air, the milk sours in the larder and their father takes out his gun. Tragedy strikes the family, and before long the furniture is being auctioned off and the sisters dispersed among relatives. In her daring first novel, originally published in 1947, Barbara Comyns' unique young heroine relates the vivid, funny and bittersweet story of a childhood.

Book Details

Author Comyns, Barbara.
Format PB
Series Title VMC
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint Virago Press Ltd
Number of Pages 208
Publish Date 4/07/2013
Catalogue ER018
Catalogue book number 190