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The Battle For Christabel
  • Published: 3 January 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099455639
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $22.99

The Battle For Christabel



'Wonderfully rich-Nobody explores the way we live with more intelligence, art or humanity than she does' Scotsman

Rowena wants a baby. What she doesn't want is the baby's father. Yet five years after the birth of Christabel, Rowena is dead, tragically killed in a climbing accident. The battle for Christabel has begun…

  • Published: 3 January 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099455639
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Margaret Forster

Born in Carlisle, Margaret Forster was the author of many successful and acclaimed novels, including Have the Men Had Enough?, Lady's Maid, Diary of an Ordinary Woman, IsThere Anything You Want?, Keeping the World Away, Over and The Unknown Bridesmaid. She also wrote bestselling memoirs – Hidden Lives, Precious Lives and, most recently, My Life in Houses – and biographies. She was married to writer and journalist Hunter Davies and lived in London and the Lake District. She died in February 2016, just before her last novel, How to Measure a Cow, was published.

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Praise for The Battle For Christabel

As the characters battle for possession of Christabel, Margaret Forster catches every note and nuance of good intention, misplaced motive and downright selfishness-a remarkable achievement

Financial Times

Forster has the essential capacity to see everyone's point of view, whether it is the social workers who resent the upper-middle class assumptions of Christabel's grandmother, Isobel's lover who believes she should adopt the child, or Christabel's foster-mother Betty-in that territory of dread and reconciliation which is the family, Forster reigns supreme

Guardian

Poignant, impeccably written-especially heart-rending because it is so believable

Company

Motherhood is taken out, held up to the light and given a vigorous shaking-a book with impact

Times Literary Supplement

Enticingly written-a compelling read

Time Out

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