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Cotters' England

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A study of politics and betrayal in the lives of the Cotter family.

Introduction by Michelle de Kretser

Cotters' England follows the lives of Nellie Cook, sister Peggy Cotter and brother Tom. Set in post-war England, it is a study of politics and betrayal in Nellie's professional and personal life. It is a story of smothered aspirations and dashed hopes, as class politics tr
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 14th 1980 by Virago (first published 1966)
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Ian "Marvin" Graye
Aug 16, 2015 Ian "Marvin" Graye marked it as to-read
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A Reminiscence in Stead

When I moved into Bruce Hall in the second half of 1977, I was greeted by the administrative assistant, Madame de Totth. She was physically frail, but nevertheless wielded the authority of someone who knew everything that needed to and could be known about college life...and ours in particular (though she was professionally discreet with that knowledge).

She was Hungarian by descent, and immediately fascinated me with her quiet central European d
Jan 17, 2014 Mandy rated it did not like it
Not long into this book, I had to break off and do a bit of research to try and find out what the point of it was, for it seemed to be little more than a rambling rant by the central character Nellie Cotter. My research told me that in fact that indeed is more or less the whole book, a shapeless, interminable monologue by an extremely unpleasant and manipulative woman, who has an adolescent fixation on her brother and enjoys exercising power over all who come into her orbit. From London’s East E ...more
Nov 21, 2011 Elaine rated it did not like it
I'm glad that I don't live in Cotter's England. What a nightmarish place! Cruelty, deception and manipulation abound. After 250 pages of 350 I had to skim as I was being bludgeoned by the same verbal weapons over and over, page after page. Stead kept up her barrage till the bitter end with the two protagonists in the next to last paragraph smiling triumphantly for photographic posterity and only the reader left to mourn their victims.
Nov 26, 2015 Dasiy rated it did not like it
A grim story set in post World War 1 England. A self-absorbed manipulative unpleasant protagonist. She even glories in the suicide of a 'friend'.

The political leanings of the author - socialism- are strongly evident in this work.

Not for me.
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Christina Stead (1902–1983) was an Australian writer regarded as one of the twentieth century’s master novelists. Stead spent most of her writing life in Europe and the United States, and her varied residences acted as the settings for a number of her novels. She is best known for The Man Who Loved Children (1940), which was praised by author Jonathan Franzen as a “crazy, gorgeous family novel” an ...more
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