Tin Toys Trilogy

Born into an affluent family, Bonnie, Tor and Ula have been left to the feckless embrace of the cook and their nanny Their father is dead Their mother is away entertaining the troops.When their infant brother falls ill and dies, the household disintegrates In The Tin Toys, Ula escapes with Cook, barely out of girlhood herself, and lands at the mansion of an enigmatic maBorn into an affluent family, Bonnie, Tor and Ula have been left to the feckless embrace of the cook and their nanny Their father is dead Their mother is away entertaining the troops.When their infant brother falls ill and dies, the household disintegrates In The Tin Toys, Ula escapes with Cook, barely out of girlhood herself, and lands at the mansion of an enigmatic matriarch In Unicorn Sisters, the three sisters are sent to an English boarding school where the pupils are pitted against an anarchic gang of East End evacuees A Bubble Garden, finds the girls in Ireland, where they scrape a life in a crumbling farmhouse while their mother and her new husband are mired in their private traumas.
Tin Toys Trilogy Born into an affluent family Bonnie Tor and Ula have been left to the feckless embrace of the cook and their nanny Their father is dead Their mother is away entertaining the troops When their infant

  • Title: Tin Toys Trilogy
  • Author: Ursula Holden
  • ISBN: 9781844088270
  • Page: 420
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. For my full review, see: girlwithherheadinabook/2This was another library discovery and although I enjoyed it, it’s not something that I think I could face re-reading. It combined the high-wired macabre of Let’s Kill Uncle with the absurd decrepitude of Cold Comfort Farm but yet with an unhappiness at its core which neither of those possessed – in tone, the trilogy reminded me most of all of the work of Barbara Comyns. I can think of few novels which contained quite so many bizarre and unf [...]

    2. The three novels which make up Ursula Holden’s ‘Tin Toys Trilogy’ have been reprinted in a lovely edition by Virago. Holden, sadly a relatively forgotten author in the twenty first century, is heralded on its cover by fellow Virago published Molly Keane, who states that the ‘Tin Toys Trilogy’ is ‘extraordinarily good’. Holden has been compared to both Beryl Bainbridge and Muriel Spark, and this alone makes her a perfect candidate for the Virago list.Lisa Allardice, the author of th [...]

    3. A trilogy of three novellas about three sisters growing up, pretty uncared for, in the forties. This might be called "I Saw Something Nasty in the Woodshed." I think that suggests a lot about what this book does and what it ought to do but doesn't. It's about childhood confrontation with experience, specifically sex and death. It's about vulnerability and unhappiness. The problem with this book is that it is too explicit and too overblown. It loses its power over the reader when the narrators te [...]

    4. Set before, during and just after WWII, this stunning trilogy consists of the novels Tin Toys, Unicorn Sisters and A Bubble Garden. Centre of the novels are the three sisters, Bonnie, Tor and Ula, whose father has died before the first book, leaving them in the care of a glamorous, flighty and neglectful mother. From the start, the girls are always outsiders - even when we first meet Ula at her dance class, we are aware that the girls never quite fit in to any situation. Everything looks fine fr [...]

    5. This was such a strange novel. None of the characters felt real; their bizarre behaviour and distant way of speaking meant they were nothing more than stereotypes -- the flirty Irish cook, the vulgar Cockney evacuee, the feckless mother. None of them were particularly likeable, and I certainly didn't care about any of them -- perhaps with the exception of Ula, who annoyingly didn't feature at all in the final book, having been struck down by polio. The similarity of the names in The Bubble Garde [...]

    6. Not a bad book BUT I didn't finish it as it didn't draw me in!Written in three parts, each for the perspective of a different sister. I enjoyed the first part but then didn't want to go to the trouble of bonding with the second sister. Beautifully written though.

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