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My Friend Cousin Emmie

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  6 reviews
'Since I lost the baby, you and I have been so close together that we have been almost a single person' Janet Alexander returning by sea to the Caribbean with her husband 'Twice' finds their domestic harmony threatened by the emotional problems of the two young people aboard. Ashore at St Jago the shipboard characters find themselves at the centre of a fast-thickening plot ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 27th 2015 by Policy Press (first published 1964)
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Cassandra
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middlebrow
I have waited too long to write this review, so it will be even more impressionistic than usual.

It is a very good book, perhaps in part simply because it deals with (view spoiler) But also, as always, I like the way Janet struggles to come to grips with things which are not within her sphere, and despite her hot temper and quick judgements, manages to approach other people w
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Joy
Oct 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Janet and her husband Twice are headed back to the Caribbean where Twice works. In tow they have a rich but confused young woman, Dee, who wants to get away from her father. On the ship Janet is sucked into a companionship with a woman who can't seem to say anything pleasant. The woman turns out to be a cousin of the family who owns the plantation Twice works for -- Cousin Emmie. Caught between Dee and Cousin Emmie, Janet is about blowing a gasket. It would have been even worse if she wasn't abl ...more
Suzanne
Feb 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane Duncan continues her "Friend" series which tells the story of Janet Sandison, her family, and friends. This story takes place in 1950 on a Carribean sugar plantation. Janet and her husband have come from Scotland to live on the plantation because her husband is an engineer and is in charge of the machinery that crushes the yearly crop of sugar cane for both sugar and rum. The novel examines relationships between the white population and the native residents of the island and offers an inter ...more
Alexis Lloyd
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love these books although they were written a long time ago! Jane Duncan a Scot, who lived in the Caribbean,for many years, wrote her books in the linen cupboard because her husband didn't approve. These are funny gentle books that lift your spirit. Duncan also writes as Janet Sandison.
Deb
Sep 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The stinking so-called librarians at the Cary Memorial Library in Lexington have thrown away their copy. I should have stolen it when I had the chance! Only one copy left in the network.
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Jane Duncan was the pseudonym of Scottish writer Elizabeth Jane Cameron, best-known for her My Friends series of semi-autobiographical novels. She also wrote four novels under the name of her principal heroine Janet Sandison, and some children's books. She was born in Renton, West Dunbartonshire and brought up in the Scottish Lowlands where her father was a police officer, but much of her childhoo ...more