The Battle for Christabel
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The Battle for Christabel

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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, and the battle for Christabel has begun.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 28th 2004 by Vintage (Random House)
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This was a sad and frustrating story about what happens to a little girl when her single mother is killed in an accident at the early age of 36. There is a battle between social workers, the child's grandmother and aunt, and the mother's life-long friend who is the narrator of the book. I'm afraid there is no happy ending for anyone in "The Battle for Christabel".

Margaret Forster is an excellent writer and she certainly held my attention throughout the book, which read more like a sociological d...more
always enjoy Margaret Forster, an interesting account of family relationships
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This book made me cross from the start as it seemed to give away the ending on the very first page. I spent most of the book wondering why I was reading it when I knew the ending. My last Margaret Forster I think.
An excellent offering by Margaret Forster describing ill-fated decisions, friendship and trying to beat the system
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Margaret Forster was educated at the Carlisle and County High School for Girls. From here she won an Open Scholarship to Somerville College, Oxford where in 1960 she was awarded an honours degree in History. The day after she finished her final exams, she married the writer Hunter Davies, whom she met and fell in love with at the age of 17.

Since 1963 Margaret Forster has worked as a novelist, biog...more
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