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    The Victorian Chaise-longue
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Marghanita Laski, Preface by P. D. James
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    ISBN 13: 9780953478040
    ISBN 10: 0953478041

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    DC22: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Libri: B-232
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11000
    BISAC V2.8: FIC015000
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Persephone Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Persephone Books Ltd
    Publication date
    22 June 1999
    Publication City/Country
    Review text
    An illusionary reverie cossets sentiment and indulges some decorative detail of the period when it transposes Melanie, as she lies on her Victorian chaise longue, to an earlier identity as Milly Baines. As Melanie, she has everything to live for- the love of Guy and a new baby, and the protective care of Sister and Nanny shrouds her as she convalesces from tuberculosis. But the dream in which she becomes Milly Baines brings her into a nightmare world where she is dying of consumption under the vindictive surveillance of a sister; where the man she loves will marry another; where her illegitimate baby had been taken from her; and where she faces the terrifying duality of being Milly- or Melly... For Melly, this long sleep is indeed a tortured time, but for the reader, presumably feminine, it is at best a catnap- and a tour de force of more skill than substance. (Kirkus Reviews)