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For Jared Dauman, being rich means being able to wear his heart on his Savile Row sleeve and nurture his obsession. For Ellis Peregory, being conventional means not being able to admit to his own desires. Both of them need something to happen. For Ellis that 'something' ideally equals inheriting the most productive farmland in Wales--Hayden Castle and its estate. Here, Angela Stearn--the 'killingly gorgeous' married woman who draws others to her like a fire--attends a house party and finds herself on the set of a grand opera. One where all the cast have their own hidden connections, hopes and desires. But they all join in the same chorus: " Happiness can seem about as likely as growing mangoes on the moon.' Pantomime aristocrats, ex-lovers and would-be lovers, the compulsive philanderer and the obligatory decoy female--all meet and collide in the country house setting by the River Wye. Theirs is a world where betrayal is signalled by an ill-fitting bracelet from Tiffany's, where the secret of married life seems to depend on perfect soft furnishings and where there are precisely ninety-nine steps between heaven and hell.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552997013
  • 9780552997010

About Penny Perrick

Penny Perrick is the author of three works of non-fiction and the novels Malina, Impossible Things and Evermore. She has spent much of her life in London, working as a fashion editor for Vogue, a columnist on the Sun and The Times, and a fiction editor and reviewer for The Sunday Times Books Section. She now lives in the west of Ireland.show more

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" An accomplished novel...full of acute and witty observation in stylish settings" -"Irish Independent" " Intelligent and tender...[A] rich mixture of town and country life" -"Mail on Sunday"show more

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