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A Pride of Tigers: A Fen Family and its Fortunes

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Title:A Pride of Tigers: A Fen Family and its Fortunes
Price:GBP£15.00 (about USD$18.80)
Book ID:B009-3733
Publisher:The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1992
Edition:First Edition
Illustrator:Ewart Oakeshott
Binding:Hardcover (Original Cloth)
Condition:Near Fine Condition
Dust Jacket:Very Good
The Boydell Press, 1992, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Near Fine Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good, First Edition, Illustrated By: Ewart Oakeshott

Sybil Marshall was born in 1913 in one of the lowest and most isolated of the black fens in what was then Huntingdonshire. Apart from the Welsh blacksmith who arrived in Ramsey in about 1750 and founded the tribe of 'Etherdses' there, all her antecedents except one can be traced to within a few miles of Ramsey, back at least to the beginning of the 18th century. She can, and does, claim to be a genuine fen tiger, one of the few still left of this endangered species. Being, as she puts it, 'an afterthought' in her immediate family, 'all eyes and ears', she grew up from babyhood looking and listening, absorbing and remembering. Fen tigers are inured to hardship and disappointment, but they rarely grumble and never give up; even so, Sybil considers herself especially blessed in being one of Will 'Ens' children - part of a clannish, warm, hospitable, gifted and laughter-loving family resulting from a mixture of genes of a 'whull hustle' of eccentric personalities. It is about this particular pride of fen tigers that Sybil Marshall writes - her immediate family, her 'kin', and the friends and neighbours who all shared a life-style dictated by the environment and the isolation, and a philosophy part Christian and part superstition. Sybil herself is at the centre of this web of memories of personalities and peculiarities, triumphs and disasters, endurance and delight. loosely inserted are 2 newspaper obituaries of the author. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 246 + 2 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. in archive acetate film protection. Dust Jacket price-clipped. Black titles spine. white cloth; illustrated by b/w. drawings. Includes 2 page glossary at rear. Illustrator: Ewart Oakeshott. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Huntingdonshire; Fens; Fenland; England; Genealogy & Local History. ISBN: 0851153208. ISBN/EAN: 9780851153209. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3733.
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