Bleakly Hall

Bleakly Hall

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Monty and Ada are old friends. They worked together on the frontline in Belgium, where Monty was a nurse and Ada drove ambulances - like the devil. And now, Bleakly Hall hydropathic has brought them together again.

Monty has just arrived to look after the gouty residents - there to take the Hall's curative waters via nozzle, douche and jet - and Ada is the maid and driver. For all those at Bleakly, the end of the Great War has brought changes. Not all of them good.

Monty has a score to settle with the elusive Captain Foxley; Ada misses her wartime sense of purpose; the Blackwood brothers must reinvigorate Bleakly for a new era; Foxley has his own particular ways of keeping his ghosts at bay. But with the crumbling, rumbling hydropathic threatening to blow its top, what will become of the folk thrown together in its bilious embrace?

This wonderfully original novel brings together an irresistible cast of characters - including Bleakly Hall itself - in the wake of one of history's great tragedies. To powerful effect, it combines fizzing comedy with a deeply moving look at the aftermath of war.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 143 x 222 x 32mm | 502g
  • Chatto & Windus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0701181796
  • 9780701181796
  • 2,311,827

Review quote

"I can't remember the last time I read a novel that fizzed with so much energy, or swung so acrobatically between lightly carbonated comedy and pitch-black horrow."
--"Scotsman
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" ""In a series of funny, moving set pieces, di Rollo explores the aftermath of the Great War through her cast of bewildered veterans."
--Marie Claire


"From the Trade Paperback edition."
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About Elaine di Rollo

Elaine di Rollo comes from Lancashire and now lives in Scotland. She has a PhD from Edinburgh University in the social history of medicine, and is currently a lecturer at Napier University. The building she works in used to be a hydropathic. This is her second novel. Her first, The Peachgrowers' Almanac/A Proper Education for Girls, which was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book prize, the Scottish Arts Council First Book Award and the Guildford Literary Festival First Book Award, was set in 1857 between England and India.
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Rating details

106 ratings
3.39 out of 5 stars
5 9% (10)
4 39% (41)
3 35% (37)
2 15% (16)
1 2% (2)
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