Girl From The South

Girl From The South

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Gillon - red-haired, intelligent, vulnerable - comes to London to escape from the demands of her wealthy, conventional, socially superior family in Charleston, South Carolina. An art historian, she has a chance meeting with Tilly, whose long-term boyfriend Henry is a wildlife photographer who is finding it hard to commit. Before long Gillon has moved into their flat, replacing Henry's old mate William, William's on-off-girlfriend Susie, and a lots of mess and disorganisation. Things are changing, and Tilly finds it difficult to accept that her dreams of settling down with Henry are receding further into the distance, especially when Henry announces that he is going to South Carolina to photograph the abundant wildlife of the area. There, Henry is wholly seduced by the charms of Charleston, by Gillon's family, and by the old patrician way of life which presents itself. The rules seem to be changing, the time passing by, and the future is becoming less and less more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 188 x 28mm | 258.55g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552770876
  • 9780552770873
  • 348,499

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"She writes so beautifully... in a style so graceful and judicious that you would call it restful if it were not also palpably intelligent" Evening Standard "Joanna Trollope is a wonderful novelist of domestic detail... Girl From the South is, like all her books, a really good read, spiked with insight" Observer "Finely-observed family tensions" Sunday Mirror "At the heart of Trollope's tightly written, acutely observed novel is what it means to be a family" New Statesman "This is a novel about the modern affairs of the heart. It explores the dilemmas of men who won't commit themselves and women who yearn for sublime romantic love" Daily Mailshow more

About Joanna Trollope

Joanna Trollope is the author of eagerly awaited and sparklingly readable novels often centred around the domestic nuaunces and dilemmas of life in present-day England. She has also written a number of historical novels and Britannia's Daughters, a study of women in the British Empire. Joanna Trollope was born in Gloucestershire and now lives in London. She was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to more

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"Finely-observed family tensions"show more

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'At the heart of Trollope's tightly written, acutely observed novel is what it means to be a family' New Statesman Gillon is an American Southerner, but definitely not a Southern belle. An art historian, she takes a job in London largely to escape the family and social pressures of her home town, Charleston in South Carolina. Once in London, she meets Tilly, the features editor on an arts magazine, and makes her first English friend. She also meets Henry, Tilly's long-term boyfriend who, like so many of his generation, can't commit to the one thing Tilly wants - marriage. Gillon inadvertently offers Henry an escape - the chance to go and photograph the wonderful wildlife in South Carolina. Neither he nor she bargains on what he will find there, nor the effect his departure will have on Tilly and the world he leaves behind. 'She writes so a style so graceful and judicious that you would call it restful if it were not also palpably intelligent' Evening Standard 'A cruelly funny book...most astute observation' Daily Telegraphshow more

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1,110 ratings
2.96 out of 5 stars
5 6% (70)
4 20% (219)
3 44% (488)
2 24% (264)
1 6% (69)
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