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Jamaica Inn

Daphne Du Maurier
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Daphne Du Maurier

After the death of her mother, Mary Yellan crosses the windswept Cornish moors to Jamaica Inn, the home of her Aunt Patience. There she finds Patience a changed woman, downtrodden by her domineering, vicious husband Joss Merlyn. The inn is a front for a lawless gang of criminals, and Mary is unwillingly dragged into their dangerous world of smuggling and murder. Before long she will be forced to cross her own moral line to save herself.

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Nobody's Business

Penelope Gilliatt
Authors:
Penelope Gilliatt

An elderly writer of popular comedies and her liberal husband, a judge, are accosted in mid-swim by three crass young archivists. In distracting their inquisitors, the couple show the greatest mannerliness while treading water.A famous cellist develops an unruly attachment to his bed. His accompanist suggests an analyst, but takes the sessions himself, lending a fond angle to transference.A quiet, wise man watches his blustering City stepson take over his house and his being and has not the heart to see his usurping heir's action as the pattern of push and shove.With assusrance, acuity and her lucid wit, Penelope Gilliatt lays bare the non-utterances that are the crucial ellipses of the human temperament. Candid, resonant and always compassionate, these are unforgettable tales form a genius of the short story.

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What's It Like Out?

Penelope Gilliatt
Authors:
Penelope Gilliatt

Originally published in 1968, What's It Like Out? is the first of Penelope Gilliatt's celebrated short-story collections. In these blithe, glitteringly laconic tales we meet Fred and Arthur, comedians entwined in a relationship as symbiotic as the double act they perform; an adoring husband and wife whose relationship has haplessly degenerated into obdurate silence; a customs official who absconds with his young son to an airport hotel to flee from the news of his wife's affair; a professor whose heroic grasp of the ridiculous cloaks his vulnerability, and a literary agent whose reputation for frankness belies her personal need. Presenting love, friendship, loneliness and victorious stamina with her distinctive lucidity and comic sense, Penelope Gilliatt commemorates the singularity of the human character. Told just enough, we feel we have been told everything.

Virago

The Yearling

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Authors:
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

An instant bestseller when it was released in 1938, this Pulitzer Prize winning novel has been loved by readers for many years. In this classic story of the Baxter family and their wild, hard, but fulfilling life in remote Florida, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings wrote one of the great novels of our times. A rich and varied tale - tender in its understanding of the bond between boy and animal, crowded with the excitement of the backwoods hunt, with vivid descriptions of the harsh but beautiful country - The Yearling is a novel for readers of all ages.

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