The Complete Book of Sisters

Luisa Dillner
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ISBN 9780571248018 Format Paperback
Published 07/10/2010 Length 288 pages

About Book

A sister is for life: your best friend, or your worst enemy. She is the yardstick by which you measure how well you're doing and the keeper of your family secrets. She may be the first person you rush to when something wonderful happens or the one whose shoulder you cry on. She's the one you're compared to and the one to compete with.

In this entertaining collection there are sisters ranging from the loving Brontës to the scrapping Mitfords (who could never remember who was in and who was out of favour), to the Pankhursts (who fought for women's suffrage only to fall out with each other), to sisters of Lenin and Hitler, and of Kings and Queens. There are sisters whose job it is to compete with each other, such as Venus and Serena Williams. 'It wasn't fun eliminating my little sister, but I have to be tough', said Venus.

A Lewis Carroll poem says, 'never stew your sister'. If cooking her isn't allowed, what is the worst thing you can do to your sister? If you want to make sure she'll never forgive you, pinch her man or borrow her clothes.

  • About Luisa Dillner

    Luisa Dillner is the author of The Complete Book of Mothers-in-law and is a columnist for the Guardian. Her proper job is working on new ideas

    for the British Medical Journal Publishing Group. She has been a

    contributor to many magazines and newspapers, including Vogue, Cosmopolitan

    and the Observer and has written a book about relationships based on her Guardian column called Love by Numbers. She originally trained and worked as doctor in Bristol. She now lives in London with her family.

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