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Monday, January 24, 2011

Capuchin and Comyns in concert!

This post is brought to you by a very excited blogger. Excited because one of my favourite books, The Juniper Tree, by one of my favourite authors, Barbara Comyns, is being republished by one of my favourite publishers, the excellent Capuchin Classics Press. With a foreword by Margaret Drabble and a cover illustrated with an intriguing image redolent of the tale (and surely partly based on Barbara Comyns’ own image), I can hardly contain myself. Only 9 months to wait...


  1. A new book for me. Will keep an eye out for this one.

  2. I only discovered Barbara Comyns' work last year, but now she is one of my favourite authors.

    I absolutely loved 'Our Spoons Came from Woolworths' and 'The Vet's Daughter', so I have to read this one when it is redistributed!

  3. Thank you for the excitement of your announcement. Yes. Barbara Comyns is for me ... I shall wait in anticipation!

  4. I love that other people get excited about up-coming book releases too! I will keep an eye out for this one...thanks for sharing!

  5. I have loved Barbara Comyns for a long time and I have a copy of this, but it's still lovely to see a reissue and know that more people will find and love it too. Now if only someone would reissue Birds in Tiny Cages,which I have never been able to track down ...

  6. I've never read this book, but I love Margaret Drabble. I'll have to check it out!

  7. Wow! I love all these small presses bringing back lesser known books. And Margaret Drabble- wow :-)

  8. Oo, exciting! I have got and read this already, but I know I'll be getting the Capuchin Classics edition too. Nice cover image! I've got to say, it wasn't my favourite of her novels by any means, but the more Comyns in print, the better.

  9. Dear All,

    Thank you so much for your visits and lovely comments. This one is *close* to my heart:-)

    Mystica - I hope that you enjoy it - take a look at the Capuchin website for more info!

    Spangle - I am so so glad as I am a real evangelist for the work of Barbara Comyns. My personal fav is Who was changed and who was dead which has just been reissued by Dorothy project but I loved all of the novels. If you liked the Vet's daughter then I think you will like this one.

    Aguja - so shall I! I can't wait to read the introduction....

    Alison - you are most welcome

    FleurFisher - I have sent you an email!

    Amanda - do... I am so looking forward to reading what MD has to say about it

    Marie yes it really is admirable isn't it. I love focussing on what the little presses are doing rather than the big ones.

    Simon - I agree! You and I have the same favourite but I must say that I did *love* the juniper tree but the two which I think are *most* under rated (bearing in mind that they all are) are "Out f the red into the blue" (different but very interesting wonderful review on Harriet's blog) and "A Touch of MIstletoe"...

    Thank you all for your visitations!

  10. Hooray! I have to say the cover reminds me of The Birds, which is not too inappropriate an association with Comyns.

    I meant to ask if you had read Elspeth Barker's O Caledonia. It seems to bear a bit of a resemblance to Comyns' work, though it is nowhere near as strange. But worth checking out!