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A Pride of Tigers By Sybil Marshall

A Pride of Tigers
by Sybil Marshall

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In this autobiography, Sybil Marshall writes of her childhood years in one of the lowest and most isolated fens in what was then Huntingdonshire. She tells of her immediate family, her "kin" and the friends and neighbours who shared a life-style dictated by the environment and isolation.
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A Pride of Tigers: A Fen Family and Its Fortunes by Sybil Marshall

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 Ramsay in about 1750 and founded the tribe of "Etherdses" there, all her antecedents except one can be traced to within a few miles of Ramsay, 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 learning, absorbing and remembering. Fen tigers are inured to hardship and disappointment, but they rarely grumble and they never give up. Even so, Sybil considers herself especially blessed in being one of Will 'En's children - part of a clannish, warm, hospitable, gifted and laughter-loving family. 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 immemorial superstition. Sybil herself is at the centre of this web of memories of personalities and peculiarities, triumphs and disasters, endurance and delight.

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Table of Contents


The awakening; words - from the cradle to the grave; rattles; the fenland habitat; a celtic heritage; fen, food, facts and phobias; mam; the Etherdses - mainly; school days; grammar school days; the beginnings of the end; but not the end.

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GOR002811553
A Pride of Tigers: A Fen Family and Its Fortunes by Sybil Marshall
Sybil Marshall
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
1995-06-29
304
0140241299
9780140241297
N/A
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