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A Sixpenny Song by Jennifer Johnston
  

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Upon the death of her father, Annie leaves London returning to her childhood home in Ireland for the first time in ten years. She has inherited the house. When she arrives the odd job man, Kevin, is rather creepily over familiar. It seems he is bent on telling Annie her family history. Her mother’s alcoholism and suicide, her father’s anger and his sad involvement. The story unfolds at a good pace as Annie’s memories are stirred, she finds her father’s diary and Kevin hangs about filling in all sorts of detail – but does Annie want to know all this? Short, perceptive and beautifully written.

If you like Jennifer Johnston you might also like to read books by Shena Mackay, William Trevor and Jane Gardam.

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A Sixpenny Song by Jennifer Johnston

Not every death is a tragedy. Not every silver lining is intact. Annie's father is dead. She isn't sorry. A rich and domineering man, he was always more passionate about money than the happiness of his wife and child. And when his lovely, fragile wife Jude died in mysterious circumstances when Annie was still very young, her father sent her to school in England, and tried to ensure that Jude was never mentioned again. Now, at last, his days of tyranny are over. And so Annie leaves London and goes back to Dublin, to the house in which he lived and her mother died, where she makes the first of several startling discoveries: he has left her the house she hated. Now, just when she thought she was free of him, she is expected to make a new life in Ireland, and live as he would have wished. Does she dare to defy him one more time? And who will be able to tell her the truth about her mother's life, and death, before she has to decide?

Reviews

'Masterly...her books bring to mind other Irish craftsmen such as William Trevor and the late Josephine Hart' - Daily Express

'A brilliant storyteller'- Literary Review

'Mesmerising, powerful fiction' - Red

About the Author

Jennifer Johnston

Jennifer Johnston is one of the foremost Irish writers of her, or any generation. She has won the Whitbread Prize (THE OLD JEST), the Evening Standard Best First Novel Award (for THE CAPTAINS AND THE KINGS), the Yorkshire Post Award, Best Book of the Year (twice, for THE CAPTAINS AND THE KINGS and HOW MANY MILES TO BABYLON?). She has also been shortlisted for the Booker Prize with SHADOWS ON OUR SKIN.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Jennifer Johnston

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9781472209221

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