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The Birds On The Trees Nina Bawden

The Birds On The Trees By Nina Bawden

The Birds On The Trees by Nina Bawden


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Summary

The expulsion from school of their son shatters the comfortable middle-class security of Maggie and Charlie. Toby's diffidence, drug-taking and refusal to discuss, disturb them sufficiently to seek professional help. The author was shortlisted for the 1987 Booker Prize with "Circles of Deceit".

The Birds On The Trees Summary

The Birds On The Trees by Nina Bawden

The expulsion from school of their eldest son shatters the middle-class secutiry of Maggie, a writer, and Charlie, a journalist. Since childhood, Toby has been diffident and self-absorbed, but the threat of drug taking and his refusal (or inability) to discuss his evident unhappiness, disturbs them sufficiently to seek professional help. Veering between private agony and public cheerfulness, Maggie and Charlie struggle to support their son and cope with the reactions- and advice- of friends and relatives. Noted for the acuity with which she reaches into the heart of relationships, Nina Bawden here excels in revealing the painful, intimate truths of a family in crisis. Toby's situation is explored with great tenderness, while Maggie's grief and self-recrimination are rigorously, if compassionately, observed. It is a novel that raises fundamental questions about parents and their children, and offers tentative hope but no tidy solutions.

The Birds On The Trees Reviews

Nina Bawden gets inside the skins of all her people and shows them as paradoxical, crotchety, adulterous, ambitious and completely human ... A beautifully sustained impression of the impossibility of family life * The INDEPENDENT *

About Nina Bawden

Nina Bawden (1925-2012) was one of Britain's best-loved writers for both adults and children. Several of her children's books - Carrie's War, a Phoenix Award winner;The Peppermint Pig, which won the Guardian Fiction Award; and Keeping Henry - have become contemporary classics. She wrote over forty novels, slightly more than half of which are for adults, and she was shortlisted for the 1987 Man Booker Prize for Circles of Deceit. She received the prestigious S T Dupont Golden Pen Award for a lifetime's contribution to literature in 2004, and in 2010 The Birds on the Trees was shortlisted for the Lost Booker of 1970.

Additional information

GOR001616707
9781853813733
1853813737
The Birds On The Trees by Nina Bawden
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Little, Brown Book Group
2010-03-25
208
Short-listed for Man Booker Prize 2010 (UK)
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