A Sensible Life

A Sensible Life

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She was a thin, lonely child with huge eyes and an extensive vocabulary of French foul language. Amongst the elegant middle-class British families holidaying in Dinard in 1926 - leading their privileged lives of secure routine pleasures - Flora was a ten-year-old misfit. Ignored by her self-absorbed parents, unloved, and pitied by the pleasant, stylish people in Brittany that summer, Flora was - peripherally - included in their gracious circles. And there, meeting kindly civilised people for the first time, she fell in love - with Cosmo - with Hubert - with Felix. It took forty years for the love affairs to be explored, consummated, and finally resolved.show more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0552772631
  • 9780552772631

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. She also worked part-time inthe antiques trade. Mary Wesley lived in London, France, Italy, Germany and several places in the West Country. She used to comment that her 'chief claim to fame is arrested development, getting my first novel published at the age of seventy'. That first novel, Jumping the Queue, is published by Black Swan, as are her later novels, The Camomile Lawn, Second Fiddle, Harnessing Peacocks, The Vacillations of Poppy Carew, Not That Sort of Girl, A Sensible Life, A Dubious Legacy, An Imaginative Experience and Part of the Furniture. With the help of Kim Sayer's evocative photographs Mary Wesley showed us her own personal West Country in her last book, Part of the Scenery. Mary Wesley was awarded the CBE in the 1995 New Year's honour list.show more

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"I loved every word of it"-Christopher Wordsworth, "Guardian" "It is delicious...she writes with the knowledge and wisdon of serene old age and the emotional exuberance of glowing young womanhood"-Patrick Skene Catling, "Daily Telegraph" "Such good company that in more than one sense it's hard to put down"-David Hughes, "Mail on Sunday" "This is a splendid novel; it is a delight to see Wesley in glorious form"-Miranda Seymour, "Evening Standard"show more

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