The Clothes on Their Backs

The Clothes on Their Backs

1st paperback ed

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In a red brick mansion block off the Marylebone Road, Vivien, a sensitive, bookish girl grows up sealed off from both past and present by her timid refugee parents. Then one morning a glamorous uncle appears, dressed in a mohair suit, with a diamond watch on his wrist and a girl in a leopard-skin hat on his arm. Why is Uncle Sándor so violently unwelcome in her parents' home?

This is a novel about survival - both banal and heroic - and a young woman who discovers the complications, even betrayals, that inevitably accompany the fierce desire to live.

Set against the backdrop of a London from the 1950s to the present day, The Clothes on Their Backs is a wise and tender novel about the clothes we choose to wear, the personalities we dress ourselves in, and about how they define us all.

Book information

ISBN: 9781844085422
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Virago
Pub date:
Edition: 1st paperback ed
DEWEY: 823.92
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 293
Weight: 216g
Height: 198mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 20mm