The Clothes On Their Backs

The Clothes On Their Backs

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 02/04/2009
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Synopsis

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE In a red brick mansion block off the Marylebone Road, Vivien, a sensitive, bookish girl grows up sealed off from both past and present by her timid refugee parents. Then one morning a glamorous uncle appears, dressed in a mohair suit, with a diamond watch on his wrist and a girl in a leopard-skin hat on his arm. Why is Uncle Sándor so violently unwelcome in her parents' home? This is a novel about survival - both banal and heroic - and a young woman who discovers the complications, even betrayals, that inevitably accompany the fierce desire to live. Set against the backdrop of a London from the 1950s to the present day, The Clothes on Their Backs is a wise and tender novel about the clothes we choose to wear, the personalities we dress ourselves in, and about how they define us all.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9781844085422
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 212g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 21 mm

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The Clothes On Their Backs
The Clothes on Their Backs
Although I quite like this story, it seems to take a long to for anything to actually happen and I was never quite sure where it was going. After the deat... READ MORE
Stella Anderson
The Clothes On Their Backs
Took a while to grip me.
This book takes perserverance. For a book this length, that's not a good sign. This story is almost written back to front, which is fine if there seems to... READ MORE
GJ
The Clothes On Their Backs
The Clothes on Their Backs
Captivating. Tender. Honest. One of the best novels I have read in a long time. The narrator, Vivien, has a very strong believable voice with a compelling ... READ MORE
Helen Cleaves
The Clothes On Their Backs
The Clothes on Their Backs
This book is a slow starter. The narrator, Vivien Kovacs, is a fifty-year old woman, who returns to the place of her birth after her father's death. The no... READ MORE
Anja de Jager
The Clothes On Their Backs
The Clothes on Their Backs
This was a good read which grew progressively more gripping. The novel begins with the middle-aged narrator, Vivien, visiting a dress shop run by a woman s... READ MORE
Helen Nash
The Clothes On Their Backs
The Clothes on Their Backs
Having been a teenager in the 70's I feel quite ashamed that I was not more aware of the terrible racism and bullying that went on in London by the 'skinhe... READ MORE
Anne Watkinson
The Clothes On Their Backs
The Clothes on Their Backs
I thought from the title of this book that it was going to be a story about fashion - how the clothes that we choose can shape and define us and more speci... READ MORE
Georgina Bickerstaffe
The Clothes On Their Backs
The Clothes on Their Backs
From the cover I would not normally have bought this book as I thought it was on fashion from the past. However, a friend recommended it to me and I found ... READ MORE
Marjorie Neilson
The Clothes On Their Backs
The Clothes on Their Backs
I enjoyed this book. It started off a little confusing, almost back to front and when I finished it, I read the first 13 pages again and it all made lovel... READ MORE
Christine Finnigan