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Some Bitter Taste Hardcover – 2 January 2003

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  • Hardcover : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0434010545
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0434010547
  • Publisher : William Heinemann Ltd (2 January 2003)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 9 ratings

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One can't help but draw a parallel between Gibb's debut success Mouthing the Words and this equally impressive second novel. The theme: the long-suffering child battling with the mental repercussions of an unhappy childhood in a quest for independence. Siblings Emma and Blue suffer the misfortune of having a deluded father and a despondent mother. Their father's mental decline leaves his wife single-handedly holding the family together, fuelling her bitterness and worsening her alcoholism. Brother and sister grow up reliant on each other but gradually drift apart facing the various challenges life brings. Ultimately both experience success, but despite this, it is impossible for either to overcome the emotional scars left after their father abandons the family.

About the Author

Magdalen Nabb was born in Lancashire in 1947 and trained as a potter. In 1975 she abandoned pottery, sold her home and her car, and came to Florence with her son, knowing nobody and speaking no Italian. She has lived there ever since, and pursues a dual career as crime writer and children's author.

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