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Once, the villagers would tip their hats respectfully when the McMahons drove out through the ornate iron gates at the end of the drive. Now, when the estate is in a state of peaceful decay, Minnie returns home, disrupting the tranquillity.
Paperback, 167 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Headline Book Publishing
(first published 1973)
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Minnie is the orphan child of a decaying estate, educated in England by an emigrant uncle, and returned to live with a decaying uncle and Ivy, the housekeeper. She's only just into her teens, and Johnston does a very credible job of creating her confusion and frustration and dreams. She also clearly creates the Kelly family, paragons of poverty, drink, violence. The weak spot is Minnie's parents. They almost non-existent, and it isn't surprising that the family isn't forthcoming with ...more
I had never read anything by Jennifer Johnston before and came accross this book and was drawn firstly by the beautiful cover and secondly by the blurb. This is quite a short book and is about the McMahon family who live in a decaying big house in the 1950s Ireland Minnie the Major's rebellious niece retuns home from school and from here the story begins. This is a well written novel and a nice story however at times I felt I was reading a diary belonging to someone and was just reading day to ...more