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Cotters' England by Christina Stead
In this vivid, disturbing and bleakly comic novel, the
author explores post-war England through the working class Cotter family.
Stead's depictions of selfishness and the twisted dynamics of family relationships
at times ring searingly true, at others almost as grotesque parody. This
is a great novel, savagely comic, demanding angry understanding for people
and a country whose lives are blighted by the past.