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Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont

A Virago Modern Classic

´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

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Elizabeth Taylor (1912-75) is increasingly being recognised as one of the best writers of the twentieth century. She wrote her first book, At Mrs Lippincote´s, during the war, and this was followed by eleven further novels and a children´s book, Mossy Trotter. Her short stories appeared in Vogue, the New Yorker and Harper´s Bazaar. Rosamond Lehmann considered her writing ´sophisticated, sensitive and brilliantly amusing, with a kind of stripped, piercing feminine wit´, and Kingsley Amis regarded her as ´one of the best English novelists born in this century´.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 208
Erscheinungsdatum 06.04.2006
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-84408-321-3
Reihe VMC
Verlag Little Brown & Co Inc
Maße (L/B/H) 196/129/15 mm
Gewicht 168
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