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    • ISBN:9781405513166
    • Publication date:07 Feb 2013
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Breakfast with the Nikolides

A Virago Modern Classic

By Rumer Godden

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Rumer Godden's coming-of-age story set in post-colonial East Bengal is a vivid and haunting classic.

For Emily Pool, India is a magical place where she has the freedom to escape her mother's suffocating influence. Her days are spent exploring the canals and gardens of East Bengal, and admiringly observing her glamorous, dignified neighbours, the Nikolides. But just as the cracks in Emily's family home are papered over, so do the Pools strive to maintain an outward impression of respectability, and it is through the Nikolides that Emily is exposed to a world of adult deceit and attrition. And when her beloved dog dies, the event forces a confrontation and reveals to Emily that nothing in the town is quite as it seems . . .

Biographical Notes

Rumer Godden (1907-98) was the acclaimed author of over sixty works of fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. Born in England, she and her siblings grew up in Narayanganj, India, and she later spent many years living in Calcutta and Kashmir. Several of her novels were made into films, including Black Narcissus, The Greengage Summer and The River, which was filmed by Jean Renoir. She was appointed OBE in 1993.

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  • ISBN: 9781844088454
  • Publication date: 07 Feb 2013
  • Page count: 240
  • Imprint: Virago
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