A Perfect Woman

A Perfect Woman

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By (author) L. P. Hartley

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  • Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 30mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1848548133
  • ISBN 13: 9781848548138
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 1,076,066

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Chartered accountant Harold Eastwood, conventionally minded, chances to meet Alec Goodrich on the train, travelling first-class with a third-class ticket. Alec is a best-selling novelist. He soon finds Harold's knowledge of income tax allowances useful and when Alec pays a visit to the accountant his wife, Isabel, who yearns for culture and literature, quickly takes up the fantasy to be his mistress. However, not she but Irma, the Austrian barmaid at the tavern, has caught Alec's wayward fancy ...

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L. P. Hartley (1895-1972) was a British writer, described by Lord David Cecil as 'One of the most distinguished of modern novelists; and one of the most original'. His best-known work is The Go-Between, which was made into a 1970 film. Other written works include: The Betrayal, The Boat, My Fellow Devils, A Perfect Woman and Eustace and Hilda, for which he was awarded the 1947 James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He was awarded the CBE in 1956.

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This an utterly enjoyable, undemanding and very English 1955 novel about conventional middle-class people caught up in extraordinary dramas Daily Mail