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The Blush

And Other Stories

By Elizabeth Taylor

  • Paperback
  • £5.99

Amongst the characters in this collection of short stories are the upright Mrs Allen, who unwittingly provides an alibi for her slackly corseted home help, and Emily, who has written fluent, amusing letters to a distinguished novelist for 10 years but descends into small talk when they meet.

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  • ISBN: 9780860686729
  • Publication date: 31 Dec 1986
  • Page count: 240
  • Imprint: Virago
A wonderful novelist — JILLY COOPER
How skilfully and with what peculiar exhilaration she negotiated the minefield of the human heart — JONATHAN KEATES
An eye as sharply all-seeing as her prose-style is elegant -- even the humdrum becomes astonishing — DAILY TELEGRAPH
Brilliantly amusing — ROSAMOND LEHMANN
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Zora Neale Hurston
Authors:
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Adrian Alington
Authors:
Adrian Alington

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Simon Mawer
Authors:
Simon Mawer
Sphere

The Pact

Roberta Kray
Authors:
Roberta Kray

She's made a deal with a devil... THE PACT____________Eve Weston, daughter of recently deceased con man Alexander Weston, knows a good deal when she sees it - and this one doesn't even come close. But if she doesn't want her vulnerable brother Terry being beaten to a pulp in jail, she can't afford to be fussy.In desperation Eve turns to another prisoner, a dangerous-seeming individual called Martin Cavelli. They make a secret pact: if Cavelli protects Terry then she will pay whatever it costs.But making a deal with the Devil comes at a price, and after a break-in and a viscous assault Eve begins to question her choice. It seems Cavelli is leading her straight into Hell, and now it's not only her brother's life on the line . . .NO ONE KNOWS CRIME LIKE KRAY____________PRAISE FOR ROBERTA KRAY'S GRITTY CRIME THRILLERS'Great writing, gripping story, loved it!' Mandasue Heller 'Well into Martina Cole territory' Independent'Action, intrigue. . . sure to please any crime fiction fans' Woman'A compelling mystery'Heather Burnside

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Jessica Fellowes
Authors:
Jessica Fellowes

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Virginia Baily
Authors:
Virginia Baily

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Dorothea Tanning
Authors:
Dorothea Tanning
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Corregidora

Gayl Jones
Authors:
Gayl Jones

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Virago

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Patricia Highsmith
Authors:
Patricia Highsmith

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Contributors:
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Amanda Coe
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Patricia Highsmith
Authors:
Patricia Highsmith
Virago

Mossy Trotter

Elizabeth Taylor, Tony Ross
Contributors:
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Mary Renault
Authors:
Mary Renault
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Mary Renault
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L. M. Montgomery
Authors:
L. M. Montgomery

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Virago

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Nell Dunn
Authors:
Nell Dunn

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Jane Haynes
Authors:
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A View Of The Harbour

Elizabeth Taylor
Authors:
Elizabeth Taylor

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Daphne Du Maurier
Authors:
Daphne Du Maurier