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    • ISBN:9781472104984
    • Publication date:20 Jun 2013

The Second-Last Woman in England

By Maggie Joel

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As the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth began her tour of the Commonwealth, Harriet Wallis awaited the hangman's noose.

1953: Mrs Harriet Wallis is convicted of the murder of her husband, Cecil, and is sentenced to death by hanging.

1952: The Wallises appear to be a conventional household. When the police turn up at the front door on the day a new nanny arrives, so begins a chain of events that will culminate in Cecil's murder. An employee at Cecil's firm has embezzled money and Cecil is implicated. Meanwhile his wife, Harriet, is dismayed by the reappearance of a man she did not expect to see again...

Set in post-war London, we follow a well-to-do family - both inside and outside the house - ruled by strict conventions.

Biographical Notes

Maggie Joel is a British-born writer currently living in Sydney. The Second-Last Woman in England is her Second novel.

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  • ISBN: 9781472101938
  • Publication date: 20 Jun 2013
  • Page count: 352
  • Imprint: Canvas
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