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Angel

A Virago Modern Classic

By Elizabeth Taylor

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A classic tale of fantasy and self-delusion from one of the most acclaimed British novelists of the twentieth century

Elizabeth Taylor is finally being recognised as an important British author: an author of great subtlety, great compassion and great depth - Sarah Waters

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A classic tale of fantasy and self-delusion from one of the most acclaimed British novelists of the twentieth century

Writing stories that are extravagant and fanciful, fifteen-year old Angel retreats to a world of romance, escaping the drabness of provincial life. She knows she is different, that she is destined to become a feted authoress, owner of great riches and of Paradise House . . .

After reading The Lady Irania, publishers Brace and Gilchrist are certain the novel will be a success, in spite of - and perhaps because of - its overblown style. But they are curious as to who could have written such a book - an elderly lady, romanticising behind lace curtains? A mustachioed rogue?

They were not expecting it to be a pale, serious teenage girl, sitting before them without a hint of irony.

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'Her stories remain with one, indelibly, as though they had been some turning-point in one's own experience' Elizabeth Bowen

'No writer has described the English middle classes with more gently devastating accuracy' Rebecca Abrams, Spectator

'A Game of Hide and Seek showcases much of what makes Taylor a great novelist: piercing insight, a keen wit and a genuine sense of feeling for her characters' Elizabeth Day, Guardian

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  • ISBN: 9780748130993
  • Publication date: 07 Jul 2011
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  • Imprint: Virago
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