The Men And The Girls
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The Men And The Girls

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Julia Hunter and Kate Bain have, it seems, each found true happiness with men old enough to be their fathers. The immaculate Julia organises her husband Hugh, a television personality, with the same efficiency with which she runs their lovely home and cherubic twins. Kate has lived with James Mallow, a retired teacher, for eight years, and although she refuses to marry him she is apparently devoted to him. Hugh and James, lifelong friends and now in their sixties, feel blessed indeed. But the age differences cannot be ignored forever, and when the eccentric and fiercely independent elderly spinster Miss Beatrice Bachelor enters their lives - after James, absent-mindedly driving without his spectacles through the dark and rainy Oxford streets, knocks her off her bicycle - a chain of events is set off in which many suppressed discontents and frustrations emerge. Kate begins to seek out friends of her own age, while Julia finds her own career blossoming just as her husband's is beginning its natural decline. The tranquil lives of the men and the girls seem shattered as new relationships develop and old anxieties surface, and nothing will ever be quite the same again.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 22mm | 240g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552994928
  • 9780552994927
  • 191,249

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"One of the finest chroniclers of the way we live now" * Independent on Sunday * "The queen of the domestic dilemma...observant and emphatic" * The Sunday Times * "A rare pleasure to find characters so likeable that one cares what becomes of them" * Evening Standard * "A delight. Trollope is never less than graceful and searchingly observant" * Independent * "Wholly enjoyable" * The Times *show 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. In 1988 she wrote her first contemporary novel, The Choir, and this was followed by A Village Affair, A Passionate Man, The Rector's Wife, The Men and the Girls, A Spanish Lover, The Best of Friends, Next of Kin, Other People's Children, Marrying the Mistress, Girl from the South, Brother & Sister and Second Honeymoon. Joanna Trollope was born in Gloucestershire and lives in London. She was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to literature.show more

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"A delight. Trollope is never less than graceful and searchingly observant"show more

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'A delight. Trollope is never less than graceful and searchingly observant' Independent Julia Hunter and Kate Bain have found true happiness with men old enough to be their fathers.Julia organises her husband Hugh and their cherubic twins with ruthless efficiency and Kate has lived with James for eight years, and although she refuses to marry him, she's apparently devoted to him.Hugh and James, lifelong friends, feel blessed indeed. But age differences cannot be ignored forever and when James accidentally knocks a fiercely independent elderly woman from her bicycle, a chain of events is set off in which many suppressed discontents and frustrations emerge.Kate begins to seek out friends of her own age and Julia's career begins to blossom just as her husband's starts to decline... The tranquil lives of the men and the girls seem shattered as new relationships develop and old anxieties surface. 'A rare pleasure to find characters so likeable that one cares what becomes of them'Evening Standard 'Wholly enjoyable'The Timesshow more

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