The Resource Meeting the English, Kate Clanchy

Meeting the English, Kate Clanchy

Label
Meeting the English
Title
Meeting the English
Statement of responsibility
Kate Clanchy
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
It's the long hot summer of 1989 and revolution is in the air...The 'English' of this novel are a particular kind of family. Their ailing patriarch is Phillip Prys, the once-famous writer unexpectedly eclipsed first by voguish Salman Rushdie, and second by a massive stroke. His third wife, Shirin, pads through their house in Hampstead, resolute in the face of Myfanwy, first spouse, who returns with all the subtlety of a stormy weather front to manage Phillip's care. Their children, Jake and Celia, have each retreated towards drugs and food, their already strained relationship with their father unable to bear this latest rupture. And to cap it all, it's the hottest summer anyone can remember. Enter Struan. Built like a heron, fresh from Scotland, he is thrust - quite literally - into the bosom of the family as Phillip's 17-year-old nurse. He's had experience of death, but not of London. It's a foreign country, with foreign food and foreign customs. But it also has a kind of magic. As he comes under the influence of each Prys, his life begins to change in ways he could never have imagined. And so, in the meantime, do theirs..
Cataloging source
ABN
Dewey number
823.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
Meeting the English, Kate Clanchy
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Meeting the English, Kate Clanchy
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Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Hardback -In 1989, the year of news, as London bakes through the hottest summer anyone can remember, one family is embroiled in its own private cataclysm. Phillip Prys has been silenced by a sudden, massive stroke. As his girlish third wife, Shirin, pads through their faded rooms, dignified in the face of bustling Myfanwy, back to manage her former husband's care, their adolescent children, Jake and Celia, seek refuge in drugs and food. Enter Struan. Built like a heron, fresh from Scotland, he is thrust -- quite literally -- into the bosom of the family, as Phillip's seventeen-year-old nurse. He's had experience of death, but not of London. Hampstead is a foreign country, with foreign food and foreign customs. But he finds that it also has a strange kind of magic. Under the influence of each Prys in turn, his life begins to alter in ways he could never have imagined. And so, in the meantime, do theirs ...Meeting the English is the first novel from acclaimed poet, playwright and story-writer Kate Clanchy. Fresh, funny, acute and tender, it shows a world on the brink of change -- and a family on the brink of something like redemption
Control code
14824583
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24 cm.
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Extent
310 pages
Isbn
9781447237341
Isbn Type
(ebook)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a1825802
  • (OCoLC)826658830
  • (AuCNLKIN)000050861373
  • (Nz)14824583
  • (Nz)14826699

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