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Family Likeness by Caitlin Davies
  

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A surprising and poignant novel of three very different women, of what it is to grow up motherless and different and how important it is – or not – to know where we come from. Cleverly and deftly woven together, the unfolding plot is gripping and fresh. Davies is the daughter of novelist Margaret Forster, who amongst many other gems wrote Gregory’s Girl, and in her brilliant engaging prose there is certainly a family likeness!

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Family Likeness by Caitlin Davies

In a small Kent town in the 1950s, a bewildered little girl is growing up. Ostracised because of her colour, she tries her best to fit in, but nobody wants anything to do with her. A nanny climbs the steps of a smart London address. She's convinced that her connection to the family behind the door is more than professional. And on the walls of an English stately home, amongst the family portraits, hangs an eighteenth-century oil painting of a mysterious black woman in a silk gown. In ways both poignant and unexpected, the three lives are intertwined in a heartbreaking story of prejudice and motherless children, of chances missed, of war time secrets and the search for belonging...


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A beautiful story of family and loss. Haunting and compelling.-- Lisa Jewell

Family Likeness is a story of prejudice, war, secrets and the search to belong, which follows parallel stories of a child growing up in 18th century Kenwood House, and another in a 1950s children's home. -- Ham & High

About the Author

Caitlin Davies

Caitlin Davies lives in London with her daughter Ruby. She is a freelance journalist regularly writing education features for the Independent. She is the author of a novel, Jamestown Blues, and a non-fiction book, The Return of El Negro.

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Book Info

Publication date

27th February 2014

Author

Caitlin Davies

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Author's Website

www.caitlindavies.co.uk/
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Publisher

Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099558682

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