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(Official description)The youngest of four devoted sisters, Flora is lonely when ill health forces her and her husband Leo into exile in Barcelona. Her life in their stuffy 'atico' flat is dominated by the window and the happenings on the rooftops around it: children playing amongst women hanging up perpetual laundry; old ladies asleep in rocking chairs, hens in boxes, cats, potted plants and birds in tiny cages. Flora is delighted when she meets the English painter who shares a studio opposite ...more
Barbara Comyns Carr was educated mainly by governesses until she went to art schools in Stratford-upon-Avon and London. Her father was a semi-retired managing director of a Midland chemical firm. She was one of six children and they lived in a house on the banks of the Avon in Warwickshire. She started writing fiction at the age of ten and her first novel, Sisters by a River, was published in 1947 ...more