By John Spurling.
Ivy Compton-Burnett's 19 extraordinary novels of family life red in tooth and claw were written in her middle to old age.
But where did they come from? What had her own early years in the south coast town of Hove been like? 'Uneventful' she said.
But the truth was that the first part of her life was so traumatic that she could only come to terms with her experiences through the mirror of her fiction.
Dr James Compton-Burnett....John Rowe Katharine Comtpon-Burnett....Elizabeth Bell Ivy Compton-Burnett....Teresa Gallagher Minnie....Carolyn Pickles Guy Compton-Burnett....Tom Bevan Jim Compton-Burnett....Tom George Mr Salt....Ioan Meredith Topsy....Deborah BERLIN Primrose (Baby)....Clare Corbett Vera....Alison Pettitt Guy as a child....Edmund Singer-Kingsmith Jim as a child....Nicholas Carter