Ordinary Families

E Arnot Robertson's novel of a Suffolk family in the early 20th century


E Arnot Robertson


Jonathan Cape, London, 1933
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Printing Details

First edition, first printing. Hardback bound in the original blue cloth boards with printed white titling and design to spine and upper board. 19.5 × 13cm, 331pp.

Lallie is one of four children of the eccentric, quintessentially English Rush family. Boating, bird watching and inter-family rivalry are the focus of life in their village—Pin Mill, on the Suffolk marshes. Brought up on fair play and the 'family sense of humour' the Rush children soon learn to fend for themselves—on water and on dry land. We watch as Lallie grows to adulthood; loving and hating her 'ordinary' family, carving a space for herself in the shadow of her beautiful sister Margaret, who claims the lion's share of everything. But Lallie is special too, clear, clear-sighted, sexually aware. Just as well, for to keep the man she loves she faces the biggest family fight of all...


Fair condition but remaining in strong readable condition. The blue cloth is dulled with some fading to the spine, and some light foxing over the boards. The title to the spine is fading. There is foxing to the page edges but the main body of text is in good order.



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