Family Money Hardcover – 1 Dec 1991
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Her readers should be numbered like the sands of the sea . . . A wonderfully satisfying novel, wise, tolerant (GUARDIAN)
Marvellous novel ... funny, subtle, sympathetic (OBSERVER)
One of the wisest and most versatile of our novelists (CHRISTOPHER WORDSWORTH, GUARDIAN) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A wonderfully compelling, ironic novel about families, old age and money, with all the tempo of a thriller. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Family Money is the story of recently widowed Fanny (her name perhaps the one thing that dates it). Returning from an evening out, she becomes involved in a violent incident. She is injured and has little memory of what has occurred.
Her children, solicitous of her (or perhaps her half-a-million-pound house) try to make plans for her. Fanny, however, has ideas of her own, as well as a mutual fascination with an enigmatic young man living on the canal at the end of her garden which only grows as her memory returns.
Bawden takes an unflinching look at her characters with their assumptions and their self-justification. They are privileged but they are also needy. She is not afraid to mock them but there is compassion too, and a warm, understated humour.
Fanny negotiates her physical weakness and her erratic memory with dignity and irony. She looks back with a clear eye at the life she has led and the trials she may face.
This kind of book has rather fallen out of fashion. Superficially it is a domestic tale of the moneyed upper-middle classes. It would be easy to ask, who cares? But this apparently simple story, lightly told, is beautifully structured.
It asks questions about age, class, morality, mortality, friendship and love, all in less than 300 pages of crisp, cool prose. And there's a nice little twist at the end.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I won't give a synopsis as that is on the product page
I liked the main character; I found her sympathetic and believable. Read more
Excellent service and the book was as described. Well pleased and will us them againPublished 24 months ago by Yorkshire Lass