Jumping The Queue

Jumping The Queue

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Matilda Poliport, recently widowed and largely estranged from her four adult children, has decided to End It All. She has cleaned her cottage, given away her beloved pet goose and burnt any incriminating letters. Now all that remains for her to do is eat her picnic, take her pills and swim out into the ocean. But her meticulously planned bid for graceful oblivion is interrupted when she foils the suicide bid of another lost soul - Hugh Warner, on the run from the police - and life begins again for them both.

Life, however, is never that simple and awkward questions demand answers. What, for example, was Matilda's husband Tom doing in Paris? Why does Matilda's next door neighbour see UFOs in the skies of Cornwall? And why did Hugh kill his mother?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 13mm | 149g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099499150
  • 9780099499152
  • 99,363

Review Text

"I loved it for its extraordinary combination of despair and wild black humour"
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Quriky, sexy and deeply fascinating -- Sheila Hancock A virtuoso performance of guileful plotting, deft characterisation and malicious wit * The Times * Great verve and inventiveness * Times Literary Supplement * I loved it for its extraordinary combination of despair and wild black humour -- Julia Blackburn
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About Mary Wesley

Mary Wesley was born near Windsor in 1912. Her education took her to the London School of Economics and during the War she worked in the War Office. Although she initially fulfilled her parent's expectations in marrying an aristocrat she then scandalised them when she divorced him in 1945 and moved in with the great love of her life, Eric Siepmann. The couple married in 1952, once his wife had finally been persuaded to divorce him.

She used to comment that her 'chief claim to fame is arrested development, getting my first novel [Jumping the Queue] published at the age of seventy'. She went on to write a further nine novels, three of which were adapted for television, including the best-selling The Camomile Lawn. Mary Wesley was awarded the CBE in the 1995 New Year's honour list and died in 2002.
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755 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 22% (163)
4 43% (323)
3 29% (221)
2 5% (36)
1 2% (12)
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