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Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont

A Virago Modern Classic. Sprache: Englisch.
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'Devastating, delicate, hilarious and unflinching' David Baddiel
On a rainy Sunday afternoon in January, the recently widowed Mrs Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel where she will spend her remaining days. Her fellow residents are a mixed bunch - … weiterlesen
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Titel: Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont
Autor/en: Elizabeth Taylor

ISBN: 1844083217
EAN: 9781844083213
A Virago Modern Classic.
Sprache: Englisch.
Little, Brown Book Group

6. April 2006 - kartoniert - 208 Seiten

Beschreibung

'Devastating, delicate, hilarious and unflinching' David Baddiel
On a rainy Sunday afternoon in January, the recently widowed Mrs Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel where she will spend her remaining days. Her fellow residents are a mixed bunch - magnificently flawed and eccentric - living off crumbs of affection and an obsessive interest in the hotel menu. Together, upper lips stiffened, they fight off their twin enemies: boredom and the Grim Reaper. And then one day, Mrs Palfrey meets the handsome young writer Ludo, and an unlikely friendship is formed...
'Elizabeth Taylor's exquisitely drawn character study of eccentricity in old age is a sharp and witty portrait of genteel postwar English life facing the changes taking shape in the 60s . . . Much of the reader's joy lies in the exquisite subtlety in Taylor's depiction of all the relationships, the sharp brevity of her wit, and the apparently effortless way the plot unfolds . . . Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont is, for me, her masterpiece' Robert McCrum, '100 Best Novels', Guardian

Portrait

Elizabeth Taylor (1912-1975) is increasingly recognised as one of the best British writers of the twentieth century. She wrote her first book, At Mrs Lippincote's, during the war while her husband was in the Royal Air Force, and this was followed by eleven further novels and a children's book, Mossy Trotter. Her acclaimed short stories appeared in publications including Vogue, the New Yorker and Harper's Bazaar.

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'A wonderful novelist' JILLY COOPER 'How skilfully and with what peculiar exhilaration she negotiated the minefield of the human heart' JONATHAN KEATES 'The unsung heroine of British twentieth-century fiction' REBECCA ABRAMS, NEW STATESMAN 'A funny and honest examination of the casual cruelty we can sometimes inflict upon each other' DAILY MAIL 'I envy those readers who are coming to her work for the first time. Theirs will be an unexpected pleasure, and they will - if they read her as she wanted to be read - learn much that will surprise them' PAUL BAILEY

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