The Rector's Wife

The Rector's Wife

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For twenty years, Anna Bouverie, as a priest's wife, has served God and the parish in a variety of ways. She has baked for the Brownies, delivered parish magazines, washed and ironed her husband's surplices and clothed herself and her children in jumble-sale items. When her husband fails to gain promotion to archdeacon and retreats into isolated bitterness, and the bullying of her daughter at the local comprehensive reaches an intolerable level, Anna rebels. She takes a job in the local supermarket where she earns her own money, her sense of self-worth, the shocked disapproval of the parish and the icy fury of her husband. She also attracts the passionate interest of three very different men, each of whom was to play a significant part in the blossoming of her life more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152.4 x 198.12 x 22.86mm | 226.8g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552994707
  • 9780552994705
  • 102,205

Review quote

"The portrayal of the petty frustrations of clerical life is spot on and the novel is elegantly written" The Sunday Times "I would have killed anyone who wrested this novel from my hands... it's compulsive reading" The Times "This is Trollope's finest novel to date. Prepare to be wittily and wisely entertained by an exceptional writer" Daily Mail "Like a Barbara Pym novel, though Joanna Trollope has a much stronger grasp than Pym on the tangled web of family life" The Times "The portrayal of the petty frustrations of clerical life is spot on and the novel is elegantly written" Sunday Telegraphshow more

About Joanna Trollope

Joanna Trollope is the author of eagerly awaited and sparklingly readable novels often centred around the domestic nuaunces and dilemmas of life in present-day England. She has also written a number of historical novels and Britannia's Daughters, a study of women in the British Empire. Joanna Trollope was born in Gloucestershire and now lives in London. She was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to more

Review Text

The fourth of Joanna Trollope's shrewd, compassionate studies of English village life and family discord. Anna Bouverie, reluctant, rebellious wife of a country rector, cribb'd, cabin'd and confined by an untenable marriage to a disappointed man, at 42 breaks free, to the undisguised disapproval of her peers, to acquire her own eventual, painful, fulfilment. Joanna Trollope grows better with every book. (Kirkus UK)show more