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Ladies of Lyndon

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Agatha is aware of an intensity, a powerful storm of emotion briefly awakened by a short lived love affair with her cousin Gerald, that is entirely lacking from the successful marriage on which she is about to embark. Beautiful, young and carefully brought up, Agatha knows she is securing a perfect and luxurious future in marrying handsome John Clewer and becoming Mistress of Lyndon, and she soon becomes the perfect country house hostess. But when Gerald reappears and war in Europe disturbs the sheltered comfort of Lyndon forever, Agatha is once again haunted by the idea of a different life.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20mm | 238g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099589761
  • 9780099589761
  • 471,291

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"This is an extraordinary debut - assured, wide-ranging and thoughtful" -- 4 stars Independent on Sunday "Her craftsmanship is superb" -- Elizabeth Bowen Tatler "Kennedy was immensely popular in her heyday" Washington Post "Miss Kennedy ... finds herself well to the front among novelists, men or women, of today" -- New York Times (1924)show more

About Margaret Kennedy

Margaret Kennedy was born in London on 23 April 1896, the eldest of four children. She attended Cheltenham Ladies' College, then went on to study history at Somerville College, Oxford. Her first book, a commissioned work of history, was published in 1922 and was soon followed by her first work of fiction, The Ladies of Lyndon (1923). Her second novel, The Constant Nymph (1924), became a worldwide bestseller, and with it Kennedy became a well-known and highly praised writer. The following year she married David Davies, a barrister; they lived in London and had three children. Kennedy went on to write fifteen further novels, many of which were critically commended - Troy Chimneys (1953) was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. She also wrote plays, adapting both The Constant Nymph and its sequel The Fool of the Family very successfully. The former opened in the West End in 1926, starring Noel Coward followed by John Gielgud, to great acclaim. Three different film versions of The Constant Nymph, featuring stars of the time such as Ivor Novello and Joan Fontaine, were equally popular, and led to Kennedy's engagement in film work for a number of years from the late 1930s. She also published a study of Jane Austen (1950) and a work of literary criticism, The Outlaws on Parnassus, in 1958. In 1964 Margaret Kennedy moved from London to Woodstock, Oxfordshire, where she lived until her death on 31 July 1967.show more

Review Text

"This is an extraordinary debut – assured, wide-ranging and thoughtful"show more

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'Her craftsmanship is superb' Elizabeth Bowen, Tatler Agatha is aware of an intensity, a powerful storm of emotion briefly awakened by a shortlived love affair with her cousin Gerald, that is entirely lacking from the successful marriage on which she is about to embark. Beautiful, young and carefully brought up, Agatha knows she is securing a perfect and luxurious future in marrying handsome John Clewer and becoming Mistress of Lyndon, and she soon becomes the perfect country house hostess. But when Gerald reappears and war in Europe disturbs the sheltered comfort of Lyndon forever, Agatha is once again haunted by the idea of a different life. See also: The Constant Nymphshow more

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64 ratings
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4 42% (27)
3 42% (27)
2 6% (4)
1 2% (1)
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