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You Must Be Sisters

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From the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Claire – a model daughter, an imaginative teacher, as clear and legible as her handwriting.

Laura – a student, a beauty, as vital and rebellious as her parents could ever have feared for.

As children they had shared everything – so much so that later, neither sister could quite remember to which one of them some l
Published June 1st 2006 by Vintage (first published December 1st 1979)
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Jan 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Two very different sisters - well three, but one doesn't get much of a look in - take paths through the world which are not at all the ones their parents expect. I couldn't really believe the relationships upon which the older two chose to embark, although their reasons were sympathetically described and fairly tragically-credible. The novel was a little tale of a slice of growing up: that bit where siblings turn into people in their own right, their lives suddenly become more of a mystery and t ...more
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Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
A first novel that feels like a first novel, not because it sounds desperate or forced, but because of the effort that has been put into every sentence, every image, to get it perfect. (I loved the way the puddings at University 'quivered with custard'. Brilliant). I read it again some years after I first read it, and discovered there's a decent story in there amongst it too.
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Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Deborah Moggach is up there with Jane Smiley and Anne Tyler in my personal pantheon of female writers. This was one of her very early books (maybe her debut?) but it already has her trademark dry wit and ability to nail a situation in a sentence. Vintage stuff
Jan 25, 2010 rated it liked it
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This was set and written in the late 1970s and was interesting to read a coming of age account that had the authenticity of the time in which it was set. So many similar novels (that I have read recently) are written with the hindsight of the modern world.
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's a very difficult task to put sisters' relationships into words. A heart-warming story, fairly written, painting the soulful love of siblings and how this bond deepens with growing up.
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Deborah Moggach is a British writer, born Deborah Hough on 28 June 1948. She has written fifteen novels to date, including The Ex-Wives, Tulip Fever, and, most recently, These Foolish Things. She has adapted many of her novels as TV dramas and has also written several film scripts, including the BAFTA-nominated screenplay for Pride & Prejudice. She has also written two collections of short sto ...more