From to she lived in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia now Zimbabwe. Her marriage to S. Spark was eventually dissolved. The couple had one son.
A sparky sense of humour combined with lively social commentary make this a joy to read and a beautiful item to treasure. This running joke gives the book a wry edge. Persephone Books is to be applauded for reissuing it in this elegant new edition.
It also has to do with scholarship, social history, good writing and — most important of all — vicarious pleasure. Nostalgic but unsentimental, humorous but precise, erudite and always elegant. Read them aloud after dinner — they summon up a lost era.
On the home front is Cressida — beautiful, self-contained, and carrying an emotional burden that threatens to swamp her even as she cheerfully entertains guests at her country estate.
And all the while the object of her passion is fighting for his life in battle. Jocelyn Playfair has an enviable ability to evoke a compelling atmosphere with richly apt vocabulary, and a keen sense of humour — some of the lighter moments of social interaction between her minor characters exude comic energy.
The Independent on Sunday gave the book four stars: Thankfully, the author betrays this promise, and we see a good deal of their married life; the picture which emerges is one of huge tenderness. However secluded their life may now appear, it was replete with incident, whether in the form of difficult, demanding neighbours, sullen maids, itinerant geniuses or constant artistic and financial worries.
Here were two people utterly unable to detach themselves from either internal or external pressures, babbling in glorious, garrulous prose: The most striking character of the book is India itself. I can think of no writer, British or Indian, who has captured so vividly, with such intensity, the many intangibles of the Indian kaleidoscope.
Such is her understanding of the vulnerable humanity of her characters that her stories are only slightly depressing…Mollie Panter-Downes would, in spirit, approve of the elegant design of the present volume… publishing at its most thoughtful.
She was sociologically precise and expert on all sorts of status indicators, sympathetic and gently wry, discomfortingly good at anatomising the crudities and subtleties of snobbery, but never unkind.
The conceit which frames it is that this pretty little street has a special magic which draws and enchants the newly wed, but, after twelve months, as soon as the first pram appears in the hall, certainly when a second becomes imminent, no less ineluctably drives them away to larger, more prosaic houses elsewhere.
So are the doomed but heartfelt attempts of Lettice and her mother to heal the lives of unfortunates they have rescued… a remarkable discovery. As pure and innocent as it is adventurous and fun to read, the fact that The Runaway is written in English long since past only adds to its charm and amusement.
Elizabeth Anna Hart should be recognised for her sprightly, exciting and endearing writing that has an appeal to both children and adults that has lasted well past its time. Rarely can black and white have been used to such colourful effect.
The social comedy is exact. This Persephone reprint would make a subversive present for a summer bride, or her mother. A brilliant, bittersweet upstairs-downstairs comedy.
The writing is quite free of the portentousness of hindsight. Reading it was rather like watching an old black-and-white movie.
It was a joy, and gives fascinating insights into family life and class structures in the period just before the Second World War. Each one had my rapt attention. Her sharp eye for detail and the nuances of family relationships together with her wry wit are a delight. But, though poignant, this is not an unhappy novel.
Whipple delivers the ending every romantic reader will hope for in a manner that is both believable and satisfying. Ultimately in The Priory hope and love carry all before them.
The books look great, too. Strong reader identification perhaps, or just good, civilised writing. Congratulations to Persephone Books for brushing off the latest layer of dust. Good housekeeping, good publishing.
That admirable institution, Persephone Books, has produced an edition, complete with Edward Bawdenesque endpapers, which makes this racy, suspenseful tale a pleasure to read. I certainly feel I have been introduced to a masterpiece. Here the suspense is embedded in a tragedy of manners.
Her relationships with those around her are interestingly ambiguous, and through them are refracted themes of race, class, justice and gender… a satisfying noir melodrama.This book was such a breath of fresh air!
It is a must have for anyone pursuing an advanced degree, or in need of writing an effective CV. Poignant, witty, intelligent: finally I understand how to write a CV and I got to laugh while doing it.
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