Invitation To The Waltz
By Rosamond Lehmann
*A classic coming-of-age novel from one of the best-loved writers of the twentieth century
A diary for her innermost thoughts, a china ornament, a ten-shilling note, and a roll of flame-coloured silk for her first evening dress: these are the gifts Olivia Curtis receives for her seventeenth birthday. She anticipates her first dance, the greatest yet most terrifying event of her restricted social life, with tremulous uncertainty and excitement. For her pretty, charming elder sister Kate, the dance is certain to be a triumph, but what will it be for shy, awkward Olivia?
Exploring the daydreams and miseries attendant upon even the most innocent of social events, Rosamond Lehmann perfectly captures the emotions of a girl standing poised on the threshold of womanhood.
Rosamond Lehmann (1901-1990) was educated at Girton College, Cambridge and wrote the bestselling DUSTY ANSWER in her twenties. She is one of the most distinguished novelists of the last century and was awarded a CBE in 1982.
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02 Mar 2006
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A novelist in the grand tradition, and, more than this, an innovator, the first writer to filter her stories through a woman's feelings and perceptions — Anita Brookner
Lehmann has always written brilliantly of women in love, of mothers, of daughters, of suffering — Margaret Drabble
No English writer has told of the pains of women in love more truly or more movingly than Rosamond Lehmann — Marghanita Laski