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Kith and Kin by Stevie Davies
  

Kith and Kin

Literary Fiction   Family Drama   
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Longlisted for the Orange Prize and well worth a read. A tale of blissed-out hippy 1960s Utopia turned on its head.

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Kith and Kin by Stevie Davies

'Stevie Davies's KITH & KIN is a moving, scalpel-sharp story of close family relationships...The writing is urgent and surprising, the tale at its most hilarious when it is bitter and bizarre...I couldn't put this book down until I had finished it' Patricia Duncker Mara and Frankie are cousins and best friends, growing up in the stifling atmosphere of Swansea in the 1950s, amid a bickering yet close-knit extended family. But their passionate friendship comes under threat as they reach adolescence in the heady atmosphere of the Sixties - a decade in which the conventions of family and kinship are overturned. Years later, as Mara begins to confront the questions surrounding Frankie's death, she is drawn back into their secret past and the struggles of a generation betrayed by its own values.

Reviews

'Davies has sown this brand of difficult love throughout KITH & KIN, leaving the reader breathless with its intensity.'
Emma Cowing, THE SCOTSMAN


‘A gleaming portrait of family rifts and rivalries…Davies greatest skill is in the depiction of childhood memoriesâ
Stephanie Merritt, Observer


‘Startlingly dense and suggestive prose… deeply affecting and provocativeâ
Alex Clark, TES


'A moving, scalpel-sharp story of a close family relationship…I couldn't put this book downâ
Patricia Duncker


‘Another gem from Stevie Davies - crafted, moving and minutely well observed'
A.L.Kennedy


'What's remarkable about KITH & KIN is Davies' sensual evocation of ... the bonds of blood and love. Beautifully unflinching.'
Daily Mail

About the Author

Stevie Davies is the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Swansea University and is a novelist, historian and literary critic. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th October 2004

Author

Stevie Davies

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Author's Website

www.steviedavies.com/

Publisher

Phoenix

Format

Paperback

Categories

Literary Fiction
Family Drama


ISBN

9780753820186

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