The Complete Book of Sisters

Author(s): Luisa Dillner


A sister is for life: your best friend, or your worst enemy. She is the yardstick by which you measure how well you're doing and the keeper of your family secrets. She may be the first person you rush to when something wonderful happens or the one whose shoulder you cry on. She's the one you're compared to and the one to compete with. In this entertaining collection there are sisters ranging from the loving Brontes to the scrapping Mitfords (who could never remember who was in and who was out of favour), to the Pankhursts (who fought for women's suffrage only to fall out with each other), to sisters of Lenin and Hitler, and of Kings and Queens. There are sisters whose job it is to compete with each other, such as Venus and Serena Williams. 'It wasn't fun eliminating my little sister, but I have to be tough', said Venus. A Lewis Carroll poem says, 'never stew your sister'. If cooking her isn't allowed, what is the worst thing you can do to your sister? If you want to make sure she'll never forgive you, pinch her man or borrow her clothes.


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An entertaining and touching look at sisterly love - from famous siblings through the ages, to the rows, rivalries and great friendships of sisterhood.

Luisa Dillner is the author of The Complete Book of Mothers-in-Law and is a columnist for the Guardian. She has been a contributor to many magazines and newspapers, including Vogue, Cosmopolitan and the Observer and has written a book about relationships based on her Guardian column called Love by Numbers. She originally trained and worked as doctor in Bristol. She now lives in London with her family.

General Fields

  • : 9780571248001
  • : Faber and Faber
  • : Faber and Faber
  • : 0.35
  • : December 2009
  • : 188mm X 144mm X 26mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Humour collections & anthologies; Family & other relationships
  • : 288
  • : 306.875
  • : 1
  • : Hardback
  • : Luisa Dillner