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The Rector's Daughter

By F.M. Mayor

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  • £9.99

*'Her work is certainly far too little known in relation to the greatness of her talent. But her masterpiece THE RECTOR'S DAUGHTER, is in print again' SUSAN HILL
*A wonderfully moving, harrowing but ultimately uplifting novel of love.

Dedmayne Rectory is quietly decaying, its striped chintz and darkened rooms are a bastion of outmoded Victorian values. Here Mary has spent thirty-five years, devoting herself to her sister, now dead, and to her father, Canon Jocelyn. Although she is pitied by her neighbours for this muted existence, Mary is content. But when she meets Robert Herbert, Mary's ease is destroyed and years of suppressed emotion surface through her desire for him. First published in 1924 this novel is an impressive exploration of Mary's relationship with her father, of her need for Robert and the way in which, through each, she comes to a clearer understanding of love.

Biographical Notes

Flora Macdonald Mayor was born in 1872 and read history at Cambridge. Five of her novels have been published, one posthumously, and a collection of stories for children. But it is this novel, published in 1913 and THE RECTOR'S DAUGHTER, published in 1924 which best express her artistic genius. After life-long ill-health she died in 1932.

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  • ISBN: 9780860689119
  • Publication date: 10 Aug 1987
  • Page count: 368
  • Imprint: Virago
it is elegant and flexible, most fluently expressing every shade of human emotion — Susan Hill
The most exquisitely written, delicate, passionately felt and haunting book I have ever read — Elizabeth Buchan
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