Simonetta Perkins

Simonetta Perkins

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By (author) L. P. Hartley, Foreword by Margaret Drabble


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  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 119mm x 191mm x 13mm | 91g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843910918
  • ISBN 13: 9781843910916
  • Sales rank: 447,909

Product description

Visiting Venice with her mother, Bostonian ingenue Lavinia Johnstone soon tires of their fellow American tourists and of her mother's unstinting attempts to find her a husband. Instead, she chooses to spend her time alone, and her gaze soon falls on a local gondolier. Frustrated that his services are in such demand, she creates a fantasy world in which they are together - but as her imagination takes hold, the line between her two 'worlds' becomes increasingly blurred.

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Author information

English novelist L.P. Hartley (1895 - 1972) is best remembered for The Go-Between and its remarkable depiction of Edwardian life. Margaret Drabble is the author of The Millstone, winner of the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize. Her most recent novel is The Peppered Moth.

Review quote

'a jewel of the sub-Jamesian 'nouvelle'' - TLS

Table of contents

Foreword by Margaret Drabble; Simonetta Perkins; Notes; Biographical note