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My friends the hungry generation (1968)

by Jane Duncan

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This book is dedicated to all those readers who have written to me saying: 'Please say that there are more books to come,' and also to my niece and nephews, who used to end every meal with the words: 'Is there no more?'
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It was a day in July, the day after what is now known as in St. Jago as the Earthquake of 1956. I sat looking through the empty frame of the window, across the glittering heap of broken glass which the yard boy had swept together on the lawn, at the jagged and torn roots of the acacia tree which formed an arc of distorted skeleton arms between me and the harsh blue of the tropical sky.
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from 1972 Corgi paperback edition:
"It was a wrench for Janet to leave her husband behind - but Twice's heart condition did not permit him to leave the West Indies. So she set off to Scotland without him, to spend a holiday with her family - her brother Jock, his wife and three lively children, Liz, Duncan and George. Having to take their mother's place while she is in hospital, Janet finds the Hungry Generation almost too much for her... but stories of her beloved childhood at Reachfar prove the first step towards a surprising alliance..."
from Ulverscroft Large Print edition:
" After the great St. Jago earthquake, Janet returns to Scotland without her husband Twice, whose serious heart condition prevents him from leaving the West Indies. With young Roddy MacLean, whose parents died in the earthquake, she arrives at her brother's house in Aberdeenshire. Jock and Shona welcome the travellers warmly, but their three children are rather aloof, perhaps even hostile..."
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