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A Heavy Feather

A. L. Barker
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571256167
Date Published
10.12.2009
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Summary

‘You start alone, you finish alone,’ she says: ‘It’s fine to be alone, it’s a revelation, truth at last.’

This is the story of Almayer Jenkin’s progress through life, from a motherless childhood through adult love affairs and her own experience of motherhood. In this novel, vivid and spare, touching and comic, A. L. Barker draws a fine portrait of Almayer and the diverse people she meets and lives among.

‘I know nothing of A. L. Barker, except that she writes like an angel and I love her.’ Auberon Waugh

‘A novel that deserves to be cherished, as A. L. Barker so plainly cherishes her characters. She has a rare ability to illuminate the remarkable qualities of commonplace things, and a profound sympathy for us all, liable as we all are to being knocked over by very little at any time.’ New York Magazine

A. L.Barker

A. L. Barker (1918-2002) was a short story writer and novelist. Born in St Paul’s Cray, Kent, she lived in the same milieu where London borders on Kent and Surrey, for the rest of her life. As her Oxford DNB entry says it was ‘the chief setting for her work, which often seemed to partake of the quotidian mysteriousness and…

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