The Birds On The Trees

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Little, Brown Book Group, May 5, 2011 - Fiction - 208 pages
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The expulsion from school of their eldest son shatters the middle-class secutiry of Maggie, a writer, and Charlie, a journalist. Since childhood, Toby has been diffident and self-absorbed, but the threat of drug taking and his refusal (or inability) to discuss his evident unhappiness, disturbs them sufficiently to seek professional help. Veering between private agony and public cheerfulness, Maggie and Charlie struggle to support their son and cope with the reactions- and advice- of friends and relatives. Noted for the acuity with which she reaches into the heart of relationships, Nina Bawden here excels in revealing the painful, intimate truths of a family in crisis. Toby's situation is explored with great tenderness, while Maggie's grief and self-recrimination are rigorously, if compassionately, observed. It is a novel that raises fundamental questions about parents and their children, and offers tentative hope but no tidy solutions.

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Review: The Birds on the Trees

User Review  - Lynne - Goodreads

The Birds on the trees Nina Bawden Disliked this immensely. Trivialised at worst, skated over at best, several social problems. Read full review

Review: The Birds on the Trees

User Review  - Goodreads

The Birds on the trees Nina Bawden Disliked this immensely. Trivialised at worst, skated over at best, several social problems. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Nina Bawden, CBE, is one of Britain's most distinguished and best-loved novelists. She has published over forty novels and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Circles of Deceit. In 2004 she received the PEN Award for a Lifetime's Service to Literature.

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