The People on Privilege Hill
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Jane Gardam's delightful short stories range from the Lake District to Dorset; from Wimbledon, where an old Victorian mansion has been converted into a home for unmarried mothers, to wartime London, where a hospital is the scene of a job interview in the middle of the Blitz.In "Pangbourne" (not, in this instance, the place, but the name of an ape), a lonely woman allows herself tenderly to fall in love with a gorilla; "Snap" is about a loveless one-night stand - and its ironic punishment. Two of the stories are ghost stories; and fans of Gardam's most recent novel, the bestselling "Old Filth", will be overjoyed to encounter Filth himself and his ancient enemy and sparring partner, Veneering, among the umbrellas at a luncheon party on a soaking wet day. Jane Gardam is a writer at the height of her powers, well-known for her caustic wit, free-wheeling imagination, love of humanity and wicked powers of observation - as well as the hint of the bizarre and the surreal that she brings to her fiction. Her new collection of short stories is a delicious treat.
Recording label: Chatto & Windus Manufacturer: Chatto & WindusEAN: 9780701177997Binding: HardcoverISBN: 0701177993Number of items: 1Number of pages: 224Publication date: 2007-11-01Release date: 2007-11-01Language: English (Published)
Language: English (Original Language)
Language: English (Unknown)