A View of the Harbour
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A View of the Harbour : A Virago Modern Classic

By (author) Elizabeth Taylor , Introduction by Sarah Waters

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In the faded coastal village of Newby, everyone looks out for - and in on - each other, and beneath the deceptively sleepy exterior, passions run high. Beautiful divorcee Tory is painfully involved with her neighbour, Robert, while his wife Beth, Tory's best friend, is consumed by the worlds she creates in her novels, oblivious to the relationship developing next door. Their daughter Prudence is aware, however, and is appalled by the treachery she observes. Mrs Bracey, an invalid whose grasp on life is slipping, forever peers from her window, constantly prodding her daughters for news of the outside world. And Lily Wilson, a lonely young widow, is frightened of her own home. Into their lives steps Bertram, a retired naval officer with the unfortunate capacity to inflict lasting damage while trying to do good.

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 124 x 196 x 24mm | 240.41g
  • 06 Apr 2006
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Virago Press Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • New edition
  • New
  • 1844083225
  • 9781844083220
  • 101,249

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Elizabeth Taylor (1912-1975) was born and educated in Reading. On leaving school she worked as a governess & later in a library. She lived much of her married life in the village of Penn, Bucks. In 1984 ANGEL was selected by the Book Marketing Council's 'Best Novels of Our Time'.

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Every one of her books is a treat and this is my favourite, because of its wonderful cast of characters, and because of the deftness with which Taylor's narrative moves between them ... A wonderful writer Sarah Waters Jane Austen, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Bowen - soul-sisters all Anne Tyler A wonderful novelist Jilly Cooper An eye as sharply all-seeing as her prose-style is elegant - even the humdrum becomes astonishing DAILY TELEGRAPH

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