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The Czar

by Deborah Alcock

THE nineteenth century was still very young; its eventful day—that day whose sunset we have yet to see—had but lately dawned upon the world. There were regions, even in Europe, where, for any illumination...


The Crossing

by Andrew Miller

On the surface, Maud and Tim seem ill-matched. Maud is a scientist, an only child from a modest background; Tim is a musician from a large, rich family. She is emotionally cool, he wears his heart on his sleeve....


My Friend Sashie

by Jane Duncan

'From the rail I looked down at Sashie's upturned face and the brilliant, early tropical sunlight made me think of the lights upon the stage of a theatre long ago . . .'

With these thoughts Janet Sandison says...


My Friends from Cairnton

by Jane Duncan

'I think you are forgetting one thing, Twice,' I said. 'You seem to forget that my home is where you are.'

Janet is unhappy in St Jago. Although Twice Alexander is now convalescing from his serious illness, the...


My Friend My Father

by Jane Duncan

'It seems to me,' my father said quietly, 'that one always tries to leave a place better than one found it . . .'

From the time when she was small enough to be held high above his head Duncan Sandison was the...


My Friend the Swallow

by Jane Duncan

'She was very small with fragile birdlike bones, and although she had slept in the white shirt and shorts she still looked fresh and airy, as if she had just flown in from the open sky . . . '

When Janet Sandison...


My Friend Rose

by Jane Duncan

When the problem-child Dee Andrews runs away from her Knightsbridge home to see her father in his City office, she starts a chain of events which involve Janet Sandison in the life and loves of her step-mother...


My Friend Sandy

by Jane Duncan

Janet and 'Twice' Alexander break new ground in the island of St. Jago, British West Indies-a setting as far removed from the Highlands of Scotland as a calypso from a lament.

But it takes more than a planter's...


My Friend Cousin Emmie

by Jane Duncan

'Since I lost the baby, you and I have been so close together that we have been almost a single person'

Janet Alexander returning by sea to the Caribbean with her husband 'Twice' finds their domestic harmony...


My Friends the Mrs. Millers

by Jane Duncan

'This Paradise community doesn't seem to me to be the secure, feudal, friendly affair that everybody likes to think. There's a change working . . .'

As the turbulent island of St. Jago reaches a turning point...


My Friend Monica

by Jane Duncan

Bursting into Janet Sandison's life at the moment of her marriage to 'Twice' Alexander comes the mercurial, red-haired Monica who hits post-war Scotland like a tornado.

Through Monica, Janet and Twice find the...


My Friends the Miss Boyds

by Jane Duncan

Here, seen through the uninhibited eyes of eight-year-old Janet Sandison, is a vanished world-an isolated community living by its own unquestioned code of decency and integrity.

Into this remote backwater come...


My Friends the Misses Kindness

by Jane Duncan

After her husband's death and her own breakdown, from which she has been rescued by her good friend Sashie, Janet Sandison sets sail from her West Indian home to return to Scotland and make a new life for herself...


My Friends the Hungry Generation

by Jane Duncan

It was a long journey from the West Indies to Scotland - but Janet's holiday turned out to be unforgettable . . .

It was a wrench for Janet to leave her husband behind-but Twice's heart condition did not permit...


My Friend Annie

by Jane Duncan

My Friend Annie takes the reader back into Janet Sandison's childhood. It opens as the death of her mother shatters the bliss of her Highland home. Janet migrates with her father to grimy, lowland Cairnton,...


My Friends George and Tom

by Jane Duncan

Janet Sandison comes home to the small fishing village of Achcraggan in Scotland. Behind her are ten years of happiness with her husband Twice, whose death has brought to an end their life on the island of St...


My Friends the MacLeans

by Jane Duncan

'Janet, what do you mean? What has been going on between you and that bloody boy?'

When Janet Alexander learns that young Roddy Maclean intends to defy his parents and become a writer, not an engineer, she readily...


My Friend Flora

by Jane Duncan

My Friend Flora is set in the 'Reachfar' country-the Black Isle in Rossshire-where the narrator, Janet Sandison, spent her childhood and which was the setting for the first of Jane Duncan's enchanting books,...


My Friend Madame Zora

by Jane Duncan

'One wants to believe that everything lasts for ever, but it doesn't,' said Twice. 'One has to move on . . .'

Janet and her husband 'Twice' Alexander are on a homeleave visit from St. Jago in the Caribbean. Motoring...


My Friend Muriel

by Jane Duncan

Janet Sandison made her bow in My Friends the Miss Boyds, Jane Duncan's sparkling first novel.

Here she is again, now a determined young woman of twenty with a University degree. Taking a job with a cranky Pen-Friend...