Wives and Lovers

Wives and Lovers

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Victoria Stratford's birthday party for her husband David is a resounding success. It shows off their beautiful Wimbledon house, their wonderful children, their perfect lives, and it conceals the tensions and ambitions that infest their marriage. While Victoria graciously welcomes her guests, the only person missing is David himself. Victoria's sister Clara and her husband Tom are there. Unworldly and idealistic, Tom scorns David's quest for wealth. While Clara is content with her job as a university lecturer and their shabby home, she is yearning for something and Tom cannot see the growing need for happiness that may take Clara away from him. In the garden, the youngest sister Annie talks to her husband Hugo. They are ideally suited and very content with each other. The only blight on their lives is Hugo's mother, Barbara, whose jealousy and possessiveness have turned into a poisonous hatred of Annie. This one evening begins a train of events that will lead each sister down a different path - towards love, sex, grief, betrayal and happiness. Each of them will learn what it is to be a wife, a sister and a lover.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 157.5 x 233.7 x 38.1mm | 635.04g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752852779
  • 9780752852775

Review quote

'Three sisters and their marriages are the focus for this novel of contemporary manners. Varley cuts to the quick of modern relationships as the sisters confront the consequences of death, infidelity and estrangement. An absorbing story and vivid characters keep the pages turning until a satisfying conclusion.' WOMAN & HOME 'A great page-turner that brings to mind the landscape associated with Joanna Trollope.' DAILY EXPRESSshow more

About Jane E. Varley

Jane Elizabeth Varley studied at Oxford and went on to qualify as a barrister. She became a law lecturer and taught at Kingston University before going to live in France and write full time. She now divides her time between Surrey and Normandy. She has one son.show more

Rating details

108 ratings
3.25 out of 5 stars
5 10% (11)
4 28% (30)
3 42% (45)
2 19% (20)
1 2% (2)
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