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A Friend of the Family Paperback – 17 Oct 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: SMP Paperback (17 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312306644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312306649
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 614,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Praise for Marcia Willett
 
"A must for women fiction readers."
- Booklist on The Children's Hour
 
"Like Rosamunde Pilcher and Maeve Binchy, Willett creates such fully dimensional characters that readers feel as if they should phone or e-mail them to keep in touch."
- Rocky Mountain News on A Week in Winter
 
"Thoroughly engrossing, with richly drawn characters, a mysterious locale, and a beautifully crafted plot."
- The South Florida Sun-Sentinel on A Week in Winter
 
"Readers will enjoy the heartwarming ending, vibrant characters, and excellent depiction of the English countryside."
- Booklist (starred review) on A Summer in the Country

About the Author

Born in Somerset, in the west country of England, Marcia Willett was the youngest of five girls. Her family was unconventional and musical, but Marcia chose to train as a ballet dancer. Unfortunately, her body did not develop with the classic proportions demanded by the Royal Ballet, so she studied to be a ballet teacher. Her first husband was a naval officer in the submarine service; their son, Charles, is now married and a clergyman. Her second husband, Rodney, himself a writer and broadcaster, encouraged Marcia to write fiction. This is the second of several of her early novels that are being published by Thomas Dunne Books; her more recent novels include A Week in Winter, A Summer in the Country, The Children's Hour, and The Birdcage.

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After buying A Summer in the Country - only to discover that it was Forgotten Laughter retitled - I've been wary of making the same expensive mistake twice. I thought I'd save others from doing the same.
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I bought this for a friend who is a Marcia Willett fan. She had assumed it to be a new book. On receipt and opening, it is clearly a re-published book from four years ago previously entitled, 'Theo's Parrot'. Only the cover and title are different, the contents are identical. There appears to be no connection to 'A friend of the family' within the book text and no logical (or honest) reason why it should be renamed, except to 'con' customers. Very disappointing from such an established and respected author.
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All Marcia Willett's books are a delight to me - well written, good character development and vivid pictures of people and places BUT this book was published in 1995 as Thea's Parrot and, as such I already own it! So, for that reason, a great disapointment.
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I adore all books by Marcia Willett (she also writes as Willa Marsh ). I have slowly collected everything she has ever written and I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone who likes a good read. The characters come to life (and a few are actually real people) and the plots are very carefully worked out and totally believable. Finding the same people again in another book, as background characters makes it feel as if you are reading about people you actually know, old friends... Very clever!
Although, as in real life, there are sad, bad and downright awful patches, the books have a real feel good factor and are a true pleasure to read. Can't recommend them highly enough.
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